Poles Apart: The Polish Airborne at the Battle of Arnhem Hardcover – 1 Apr 1993
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It is not a history book, but a true story of one man who lead a Polish paratroopers into the battle.
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Gen Sosabowski's dream was to drop with his brigade into Warsaw and liberate it from both the Germans and the incoming Russians. Such zeal was not appreciated by the flamboyant British General Browning who wished to utilise the Poles for his own aspirations of power within the airborne world; the end result was having the Poles come under British command for the fatally flawed Operation 'MARKET GARDEN'.
All this is covered in detail and I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in both the battle and the unfortunate politics that went on behind the scenes. It highlights very well the fact that the main reasion behind the often sluggish advances of the Allied armies in North-West Europe during 1944 was not caused by the Germans but by self-serving Allied generals who cared more for their reputations than actually winning the war - all at the cost of unnecessary casualties.
With so much written (and rightly so) about the Red Berets at Arnhem, it is refreshing to read a book on the Gray Berets. Tobie Ojczyzno
Cholewczynski's book can be considered the gospel on this subject, its one of the only (if not the only) and most up to date books on the subject written by an outsider of the brigade.
With a lot of interviews with the members of the brigade and other people involved in the events, he has managed to create an easy to read day-by-day account that can be enjoyed by WWII enthusiasts as by new readers on the subject as well.
This book does just that. I'm glad Amazon helped me find it.