Special Operations Executive: Polish Section

Special Operations Executive: Polish Section

The Death of the Second Polish Republic

Wieław Rogalski

This work ascertains the value of SOE assistance provided to the Second Polish Republic during the Second World War. It considers the training of Polish Special Forces in Britain by SOE and their subsequent parachuting deep behind enemy lines.
Date Published :
August 2022
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Language:
English
Illustration :
5 b/w photos, 40 b/w maps, 5 b/w line drawings
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Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781915113740
Pages : 234
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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Overview
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The aim of this work is to ascertain the ultimate effectiveness of SOE assistance provided to the Second Polish Republic during the Second World War. The first chapter examines early contacts made between British and Polish military authorities following the signing of the pact of mutual assistance between the two countries in 1939. The second chapter analyses certain issues pertaining to the Polish forces prior to the opening of conflict, namely the shortages of modern equipment, military know-how and the design of the defence plan. Chapter three looks at the Polish defense war, its failure and the consequences of defeat. The narrative then follows the retreat of the Polish Government together with remnants of the Polish forces to France and then to Britain. This is followed by a study of the nascence of the underground resistance movement in the occupied country. The subsequent chapter looks at the origin of SOE and the establishment of SOE Polish Section, focusing on the unique relationship that developed between the Poles and the Polish Section. It considers the training of Polish Special Forces in Britain by SOE and their subsequent parachuting deep behind enemy lines in Poland. The analysis also considers the difficulties surrounding the establishment of an air bridge between the West and occupied Poland and how ensuing problems were solved. The mood in the narrative alters when the Soviet Union changes sides in the war and joins the western allies after Operation Barbarossa. This precipitated a significant adjustment in the relationship between the Polish Section (and Churchill) and the Poles. The difficulty being Moscow’s policy to dismantle the Second Republic in favor of a communist People’s Republic of Poland after the war. The conundrum for London was how to continue championing the authorities of the Second Republic exiled in London, while at the same time supporting the Soviet campaign on the eastern front. As the war progressed, Britain could not bring itself to antagonize Moscow and risk the loss of the Red Army’s fire-power, which resulted in the dismantling of the Second Republic Of Poland in favor of a People’s Republic.

About The Author
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Wiesław Rogalski was born in England in 1950. His parents came to Britain as members of the Polish Allied Forces under British Command. Wieslaw studied the history of curriculum development projects at London University and was awarded a higher degree for this work. In 2012 he co-directed a National Lottery Project dedicated to the displaced Polish Army which had been resettled in Britain. His interests include the history of the Second World War, Polish history and culture and exiled Polish Forces in the west. He also presents talks on Polish resettlement in Britain to history societies in southern England. Wiesław plays an active role in supporting Polish veterans all over the world and is the Vice-Chairman of the 3rd Carpathian Infantry Division Ex-Servicemen Association.

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