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Skalski Against all Odds: The First Allied Ace of the Second World War
Skalski Against all Odds: The First Allied Ace of the Second World War provides a gripping and detailed account on the career of General Stanislaw Skalski, the leading Polish fighter ace. Skalski gallantly served from the first day of the Second World War


 
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  • A unique and detailed insight of a fighter pilot who became the first Allied ace
  • The first time that the subject has been covered in English
  • Superbly illustrated with striking and unpublished photographs

Skalski Against all Odds: The First Allied Ace of the Second World War provides a gripping and detailed account on the career of General Stanislaw Skalski, the leading Polish fighter ace. Skalski gallantly served from the first day of the Second World War and became the first ace of the conflict. He continued to serve through the Battle of Britain, English Channel offensive, Tunisian and Italian campaigns as well as the Normandy landings.

Skalski finished the war on staff positions. Returning to communist Poland, he was duly arrested on charges of spying on behalf of Great Britain and sentenced to death. However, he was not executed and after spending eight years in prison, Skalski continued to serve his country by flying the MiG-15 jet fighter. He continued his service behind a desk and following retirement, was involved in popularising aviation as well as politics. Skalskiís incredible story is based on official documentation, many published for the first time.

THE AUTHOR

Franciszek Grabowski is a researcher of Polish aviation with a number of articles published. He puts an emphasis on the wartime and post-war activities of Polish airmen, including various covert and intelligence actions. Skalski Against All Odds: The First Allied Ace of the Second World War is his first book for Fonthill Media.

So writes Julian Kulski a few days before the outbreak of World War II, in this remarkable diary of a boy at war from ages 10 to 16. As the war unfolds through his eyes, we are privileged to meet a rare soul of indomitable will, courage and compassion.

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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Features
  • Hardcover
    207 pages
    2017
    29 black and white photos
    Size 6.25" x 9.5"


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