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on 22 November 2015
This was a very good read and gave me a very useful insight into the sufferings of the Polish nation during World War II.
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on 19 July 2017
Good read and cost
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on 2 June 2017
Great book, very interesting view point. Only read about the war from an allied point of view where Poland gets lost in the bigger picture. It makes you think.
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on 21 March 2017
Revealed so much I didn't know or even thought possible. This should be on all schools reading list. History laid bare
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on 23 July 2017
A pill with a painful true of Polish troops during II ww.
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The period of historical time-span covered here is a traumatic to say the least, but should be placed within a context that since the 17th century Poland has been in conflict with Imperial Russia as well Soviet aggression by the Russian Comintern before the Second World War this was in 1919 and was a failure. So it is not surprising that Stalin was `happy' to partner up with Nazi plans to seize Poland and carve up the country as part of the Nazi Soviet pact, better known as Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. This is an important historical book that is well researched and articulate in its delivery, it shows the roles played by Russia, France, Britain and Germany and how self-interest was paramount in their national interest, at the expense of Poland's sovereignty.

While Britain and France declared war, in 1939, on Nazi Germany's invasion they seemed to do little at the end of the war to ensure that the Soviets would keep their hands off it.
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Thus for many countries the war ended in 1945 but totalitarianism instigated by Stalin, meant Poland was to become a Soviet Satellite state, and this was perpetuated until late 1980s, and with the demise of the Soviet Union and the civil resistance within Poland created by Solidarity (non-state controlled Union).
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Recently published here in the UK and soon to be followed in the USA. This is a big mighty tome and worth its weight in gold. This is a very comprehensive history of Poland and her people during the WW2. She pulls no punches when she brings in the September Campaign and then how the Soviet joined the war in support of Nazi Germany and how they divided the country between them. This book examines all parts of Polish history and shines lights in to the darker parts some people would prefer not to mention.

I recently used it as part of a source for reference while writing an overview on aspects of Polish war events and this was a valuable source of information. The book is not for the faint hearted as it is delves into the past.

If you want to know why those of Poles do not really consider that the war ended in 1945 but 1989 then read this book. If you are interested in all aspects of Eastern Europe and WW2 this book is a must buy.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 25 April 2013
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Many people overlook the contribution of Poland to WW2. Poland wasn't just a country that was invaded by Germany which caused the outbreak of WW2 and then sat back and waited for rescue. Many men and women fought back the only way they knew how, they formed their own "resistance" forces to undermined the German army. Some travelled to the UK to join the armed forces to help fight the Germans.

This book follows the events that took place in Poland during WW2 and it does give the reader pause to think what people will stoop to in order to control and dominate others.

It is a well researched, well written and thought provoking book about the forgotten fight for Poland.
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VINE VOICEon 10 December 2012
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The hundreds of books and films about WWII which the British have read or seen present that war as one between the "goodies" (Britain and her allies, including the Soviet Union) and the "baddies" (Nazi Germany and its allies). This outstanding and brilliantly-researched book shows that, from the Polish perspective, the "baddies" were both Germany and the Soviet Union, each of whom brutally invaded and occupied the country during the 6 years. Britain and the USA were seen as fair-weather friends only; Roosevelt is presented as more interested in winning the 1944 election than in acting justly towards the Poles, while the British foreign secretary Eden, and even Churchill, were keener on cosying up to Stalin than on helping the country which had more casualties than any other during the conflict. In particular, they were prepared to keep quiet about what they knew of the notorious Katyn massacre, wrongly blamed by Stalin on the Nazis.

Much of the book, whose author is a British-born historian of Polish parentage, consists of reminiscencies by Poles, mostly children at the time, about the unspeakable sufferings their people, and not just the Jews, went through. The mind grows numb at the innumerable accounts of massacres of thousands in a day, at the hands of both Nazis and Soviets. I knew a little of these things, but this book is a real eye-opener and should be read by anyone with the simplistic "Stalin good because he helped us beat Hitler" perspective. The last two chapters describe the post-war developments, ending with the free and democratic Poland we have today, albeit with some lost land to the east. My only small complaint is that the index is not full enough; I came across several people and places mentioned in the text but omitted from the index.
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VINE VOICEon 7 February 2013
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Like my review of The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914 I can't possibly begin to go in-depth into the how and why's of Poland and their people in the Second World War that are laid out in this fascinating book. I come at this book as an enthusiastic, but lapsed, amateur reader.

It's thought provoking and may give even the most learned of World War II historians pause for thought. For the first time I feel that I have a rounded understanding of Poland's war and the effect it had on their people.

It's not a short book, but don't let it's size put you off. It is eminently readable and a must for anyone with a keen interest in the War.
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