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Britain and Poland 1939–1943

Britain and Poland 1939–1943
The Betrayed Ally

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Part of Cambridge Russian, Soviet and Post-Soviet Studies

  • Date Published: April 1995
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521483858

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  • British-Polish relations during the Second World War were dogged by the fact that Polish demands on the Soviet Union threatened Soviet relations with Britain and the United States, and Soviet participation in the war. In this book Anita Prazmowska relates British policies and war-time strategy to Polish expectations and policies. She describes a tragic situation where Polish soldiers were trapped between the unrealistic plans of their government and the harsh realities of a war that they fought for Britain with no prospect of a satisfactory outcome for them or their country.

    • Study of why Britain 'betrayed' the Poles during the Second World War by giving in to the USSR
    • Strong academically, but also contains moving accounts of the experiences and hopes of the Polish exiled and fighting for Britain
    • Prazmowska's previous book on Britain and Poland (in 1939) was well-received. She is the daughter of a Polish wartime pilot and a British mechanic
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Prazmowska presents us with a well-done case study of hard-nosed diplomacy that makes a valuable contribution to our knowledge of wartime diplomacy and should be of interest to Polish and British historians alike." David Stefancic, Slavic Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 1995
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521483858
    • length: 252 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.38kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The formation of the Polish government-in-exile: ideology and war plans
    2. Britain and German expansion in Eastern and South-Eastern Europe
    3. Britain's only fighting ally
    4. Britain, Poland and the Soviet Union, June - December 1941
    5. 1942, year of disappointments
    6. The illusion of an alliance ends
    7. 1943, the end of Polish-Soviet co-operation

  • Author

    Anita J. Prazmowska, London School of Economics and Political Science

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