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From Warsaw to Rome (ePub)

General Anders' Exiled Polish Army in the Second World War

Military WWII > Battles & Campaigns > Italian Front WWII > Poland in WWII

By Martin Williams
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
File Size: 11.7 MB (.epub)
Pages: 276
Illustrations: 16
ISBN: 9781473894907
Published: 8th May 2017


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In May 1944, 40,000 Polish soldiers attacked and captured the hilltops of Monte Cassino, bringing to a close the largest, bloodiest battle fought by the western Allies in the Second World War. Days later the Allied armies marched into Rome seizing the first Axis capital.

No-one in 1939 could have foreseen an entire Polish Corps engaged on the Italian Front. Most had been held prisoner in the USSR following Polands defeat and their release by Stalin was only achieved through the intense negotiations of British and Polish politicians generals, notably Sikorski and Anders,. The Polish Army was evacuated to Iran in 1942 and subsequently incorporated into the British Army as the Polish II Corps. Their ultimate post-war fate was shamefully ignored until too late.

This book, which charts the extraordinary wartime story of the exiled Polish Army in the east, makes extensive use of undiscovered archive material. It reveals in depth the relations between the British and Polish General Staffs and the never ending hardships of the Polish soldiers.

This is an excellent study of one of the most unusual major formations on the Allied side, with good sections on the struggles of its formation, the escape from the Soviet Union and its most famous battlefield experiences in Italy.

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History of War

Featured in '5 best books on Anders Army'

History of War, issue 66

As referenced in 'Further Reading' part of 'The Poles at Monte Cassino' article by Dom Sore

Wargames Illustrated, November 2018

This is a great read and a must for anyone interested in the Polish II Corps or the fighting in Italy. The comprehensive Order of Battle also makes it a great starting point for collecting a specific force for any related game.

Wargames Illustrated Facebook feed - reviewed by Dom Sore

The story of the Polish II Corps has never been adequately told before but the author has followed the story from the invasion of Poland by Russia and Germany, the imprisonment of Polish soldiers by the Soviets, the efforts by the Allies free them when the Soviets were invaded by Hitler, their service in Italy and the neglect of their interests at the end of the war. – Highly Recommended.

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As featured 'on the shelf' by Neil Smith

Wargames Illustrated, June 2017

About Martin Williams

Martin Williams was born in Plymouth and educated at the University of Gloucestershire graduating in Landscape Architecture. He has spent the last fifteen years at sea as a Deck Officer in the Merchant Navy where he lived and worked with a great variety of characters from around the world. The tales from the Polish crews inspired him to find out more concerning past relations between Britain and Poland. Upon uncovering aspects of the Polish II Corps he began to explore their history in depth, and this book is the culmination of nine years work.

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