Divided Loyalty

Britain’s Polish Ally During World War II

Wiesław Rogalski

Date Published :
May 2017
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Illustration :
19 b/w photos, 3 b/w maps
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Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781911096641
Pages : 224
Dimensions : 9.25 X 6 inches
Stock Status : Available


At the outbreak of the Second World War, Poland was a quasi-military State undergoing rapid political and social change. Nevertheless, Britain signed an agreement with the country as part of its decision to adopt a policy of encircling Germany: a resolution requiring an ally in the East. On the collapse of Poland in October 1939, the country’s political opposition executed a coup against the Polish Government and formed a new administration, which was recognized by the Allies as the Polish Government in Exile. This regime change precipitated a feud between the supporters of the new and old governments, which lasted throughout the war. In 1945, the British removed their recognition of the exiled government - now based in London - to pave the way for the Soviet Union to impose a communist administration in Poland. However striking and fateful these events were, the history of how regime change came to Britain’s Polish ally has largely been ignored until now.

About The Author

Wiesław Rogalski was born in Britain and is the child of Nicholas and Stanisława. During the Second World War his parents served in the Polish Allied Forces under British operational command and were invited to settle in Britain after the War. They arrived in 1947 and were demobilised by British authorities. They eventually settled in London. Wiesław studied the history of Curriculum Development Projects at London University where he was awarded a higher degree. He is currently the Vice Chairman of the Third Carpathian Infantry Division Ex- Servicemen Association and a museum trustee at the Rural Life Centre, Tilford near Farnham in Surrey. The picture shows Wiesław visiting London whilst researching the book.


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