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Preview — No Greater Ally by Kenneth K. Koskodan
No Greater Ally: The Untold Story of Poland's Forces in World War II
No Greater Ally was no doubt a great read, and an excellent choice by the World War Two Readers group for the Poland theme-read month.
For me, the book allowed me to learn about a number of areas in the war that had hitherto been a little underexplained, or perhaps even undersold in common history to me - namely the opening stages of the Second World War and the Polish military and political rationale for the country's actions, as well as the attitudes of some neighbouring states in letting refug...more
Why is that? Why do history books always paint a pathetic picture of Poland’s mounted cavalry defense against the blitzkrieg, inferring by that image that the invasion was over in a matter of days because the Polish defense was apparently laughable? Why d...more
All I knew about Poland's involvement in WWII was that the German invasion triggered the war... that, and a vague story about Polish cavalry charging German tanks and getting mowed down. That's consistent with the Polish stereotype over the years - Poles are dumb, ineffective, naive. Indeed, in the 2004 presidential deba...more
My brother insisted that I read this book. Our family is of Polish descent and my brother thought that all family members that are students of history should read this book. I had other books on my TDL but I agreed to read this book first and I’m glad I did. As a result, I am convinced that this book should be required reading for any student of European history. The Polish contribution to the War effort w...more
My recollection from youthful reading was that Poland was overrun quickly by the Nazis and were enslaved and killed through the duration of the war.
I learned from this book that Poland had the fourth largest Allied army before being overrun. I also learned that many soldiers and airmen escaped the Nazis and participated in the Battle of Britain, the conquering of Italy, service in North...more
I did not know what a large part Poland played in World War Two, as pilots in the RAF, as resistance fighters and as motivated members of the Allied armies. The story of the Warsaw rising was especially interesting, and very new to me.
It was moving to realise...more
We just don't know or underst...more