Divided Loyalty

Britain's Polish Ally During World War II

Wiesław Rogalski

Publication date:
May 2017
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Illustration :
19 b/w photos, 3 b/w maps
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ISBN : 9781911096641

Dimensions : 234 X 156 mm
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At the outbreak of the Second World War, Poland was a quasi-military State undergoing rapid political and social change. Nevertheless, Britain signed an agreement with the country as part of its decision to adopt a policy of encircling Germany: a resolution requiring an ally in the East. On the collapse of Poland in October 1939, the country's political opposition executed a coup against the Polish Government and formed a new administration, which was recognised by the Allies as the Polish Government in Exile. This regime change precipitated a feud between the supporters of the new and old governments, which lasted throughout the war. In 1945, the British removed their recognition of the exiled government - now based in London - to pave the way for the Soviet Union to impose a communist administration in Poland. However striking and fateful these events were, the history of how regime change came to Britain's Polish ally has largely been ignored until now.


Looks like Britain betrayed its first and most loyal ally in WW2 as Rogalski attempts to set the record straight…
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