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5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful
I bought this book wanting to learn more about what my Polish relatives contributed to the war effort.
I read it cover to cover in a day, and have been left wondering how in all those school history lessons this important aspect of WW2 was never even mentioned. It really puts into perspective that initial invasion that started the war, and details the heroic and...
Published on 17 Mar. 2010 by Rebecca

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3.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Story
I didn't think this was great history writing, but it isn't bad. It's largely a straight-forward narrative history but that is where its strength lies: the story itself. Unbelieveable struggle and heroism that sometimes defies comprehension. Worth reading to know this. And what a shabby way the Poles were treated at the end of WW2.
Published on 17 April 2012 by P. Spencer


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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful, 17 Mar. 2010
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I bought this book wanting to learn more about what my Polish relatives contributed to the war effort.
I read it cover to cover in a day, and have been left wondering how in all those school history lessons this important aspect of WW2 was never even mentioned. It really puts into perspective that initial invasion that started the war, and details the heroic and essential contribution that Poland and her armed forces made to the eventual success of the Allied nations.
The author has achieved a fantastic feat with this book. It is hugely informative, without ever feeling bogged down by facts and figures.
This story should be told to everyone.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "No Greater Ally", 14 Jan. 2010
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A well written book, easy to read, and full of interesting snippets. It certainly made one realise how badly let dowm the Poles were by Britain and, particularly, America, at the latter end of, and after the war. It ought to be compulory reading for schoolchildren, to balance the pro-Russian propaganda that lead to Poland's role in the war being air-brushed out of history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Should be required reading for all US, UK and French students., 10 Jan. 2010
The more that one visits, reads and learns about Poland and Polish during WW2 the greater one's admiration and appreciation for their efforts becomes and the greater the disbelief and anger at how badly they were treated by the French during and the US and UK after the war - their "Allies" - who then abandoned them to 25 years of oppression by Soviet occupation whilst obscuring their huge sacrifice and vital contribution to the defeat of Germany.

This book is very well researched and excellently presented and should be required reading for ALL students in USA, Britain and France.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating history of unrelenting resistance and heroic exploits, 13 July 2013
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A timely reminder of the fight against Nazism both in occupied Poland which created a fully functional underground state, with its own government subsidiary to the Polish Government in exile in Britain, an active army, secret schools, newspapers and publishing and legal structures and courts etc.
And the actions of the substantial Polish Armed Forces in France, Africa, Italy - Monte Cassino - and the invasion of Europe, Arnhem and the defeat of the Wermaht.
What is often forgotten is the crucial role of the Polish Air Force in the Battle of Britain, which formed a substantial fraction of the overall fighter strength and accounted for proportionally a significantly higher number of German aircraft destroyed. The Polish 303 Squadron weas the top scoring squadron in the battle.
The Polish Navy also played its part.
Altogether a fascinating account of a generally forgotten but crucial alay in WW2.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highlighting real experiences, 23 July 2014
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This review is from: No Greater Ally: The Untold Story of Poland's Forces in World War II (General Military) (Paperback)
Koskodan is an excellent researcher and communicator. He places the reader in the political and historical context of the action but highlights the real experiences of individuals. Their pain, frustrations, disappointments and courage are able to be felt by the reader and, thus, one wonders at, and is angered by, the callous indifference of Poland's allies to the country's suffering.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Polish Contribution to Allied Forces., 18 Dec. 2013
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A must read to fill out missing events in recent history.

Polish forces were in combat in Europe from the outbreak of WW2 to it's conclusion. They're story deserves much higher profile.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Forgotten Country, 4 Aug. 2014
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This book covers so much about the Polish Army and every battle they fought only to be forgotten at the end of the war when they were not allowed to march in the Victory Parade. In 1939 Poland gave Britain the German Enigma machine which they had decoded ... Everyone interested in World War II should read this book. Kay
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for any Pole..., 13 Oct. 2013
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This book gives a very detailed and graphic account of Polish involvement in WW2. From the earliest days of the German occupation in 1939, through the war years to 1945 and beyond, the betrayal of the allies preventing Poland having the right to fight for the countries freedom or supporting them to any degree, this book highlights the heartbreak of the wartime generation.
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4.0 out of 5 stars No Greater Ally, 4 Nov. 2012
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I'm about half way through reading this book and whilst there is a lot of good information and interesting facts about the Polish contributions, its very heavily biased, which as a historical work is never great.

It's very repetitive in terms of highlighting the positive aspects of Poland's contributions, but I tend to find myself from time to time thinking 'how did they lose this battle?' as all of the information is about how good the Poles were at fighting and beating the Germans. You need to take the book with a pinch of salt and I do get concerned as to whether the Author has cherry picked certain stories which do better for the book in highlighting the positive aspects. To be fair though, the book does come back to the actual outcomes of the battle.

Although this may sound as a negative review, it's really not. It is a very interesting read and I don't want to make it sound as though I doubt the contributions of the Poles as the book does do incredibly well in explaining what they did do, which is a hell of a lot. Even defeated in Poland and France they never gave up and the book illustrates all the ways in which the Poles resisted with the Allies and inside Poland itself. It gives accounts from soldiers and civilians and it follows all kinds of journeys for Poles, some going through Russia, some through Britain ect. One thing I always wondered was how so many Poles managed to get to France or Britain to even form an army, and I was very glad that this was explained in the book.

I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone with an interest in the Second World War as too often people get the opinion that just America and the Soviet Union defeated the Nazis with a little help from the UK. I'm glad a book like this exists to show and explain how much the Poles contributed to the defeat of Nazi Germany.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Let down by Winston Churchill - unbelievable, 10 July 2014
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Find it difficult to believe that Churchill sold the Poles to Stalin. Dreadful to think as allies they were not invited to the victory parade. I hope that an apology was made to all of them.
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