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Divided Loyalty: Britainís Polish Ally During World War II
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


 
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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 countryís political opposition executed a coup against the Polish Government and formed a new administration, which was recognized 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 Britainís Polish ally has largely been ignored until now.

About the Author

Wiesław Rogalski was born in England in 1950. His parents came to Britain after the Second World War as members of the Polish Allied forces under British command. He studied the history of curriculum development projects at London University - and in 2012, together with his brother, directed a National Lottery project dedicated to the displaced Polish Army (which included setting up a permanent exhibition), writing a book on Polish displacement camps and producing a DVD on the recollections of children born to displaced Polish ex-service personnel. His interests include the history of the Second World War, Polish history and culture and presenting talks on Polish resettlement in Britain. Wiesław also plays an active part in supporting Polish veterans.


Kulski, the son of the Deputy Mayor of Warsaw, is a 10-year-old Boy Scout when the Germans invade Poland in September 1939. He soon begins waging his own private war against the Germans with small acts of sabotage. At age 12, Kulski is recruited into the clandestine Underground Army by his Scoutmaster and begins training in military tactics and weapons handling. At 13, he accompanies his commander on a secret mission into the Warsaw Ghetto to liaise with the leaders of the Jewish Resistance.

Arrested by the Gestapo at age 14, Kulski is incarcerated in the notorious Pawiak Prison, beaten, interrogated at Gestapo headquarters, and sentenced to Auschwitz. After being rescued, he joins the Ninth Commando Company of the Underground Army, and at age 15 fights in the Warsaw Uprising of 1944.

Taken prisoner by the Germans, 16-year-old Kulski ends the war in a POW camp, finally risking a dash for freedom onto an American truck instead of waiting for "liberation" by the Soviets.

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  • Softcover
  • 257 pages
    2017
    Black and white photos
    Size 6" x 9"


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