Civil War in Poland, 1942-1948 (Studies in Russian and East by Anita J. Prazmowska

By Anita J. Prazmowska

This difficult new paintings makes use of archival examine to ascertain Poland's govt in exile throughout the moment international struggle because it sought either to struggle opposed to the advances of Germany and the Soviet Union, and to organize for the instant while it can once again be attainable to set up a countrywide Polish executive. the writer means that the Poles have been as a lot at battle with themselves during the conflict and within the years instantly following the top of hostilities as they have been with the German and Soviet forces. Civil warfare in Poland, 1942-1948contributes to the controversy at the destiny of Poland during this complicated interval, the origins of Communist regimes in jap Europe, and the method of transformation in Europe in the course of and because the second one international War.

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It would also allow for the creation of an Eastern Front, which would preclude Soviet entry into Poland and Central Europe. In his proposal Sikorski expected that the Home Army’s plan for a national uprising would play a pivotal role in the ultimate defeat of Germany. Naturally he envisaged that Western supplies would be provided for the Home Army to play its allotted role. 42 The Independent Parachute Brigade, built up in Scotland from the best available Polish manpower evacuated from France, was to be dropped into Poland with the explicit aim of capturing key installations and forestalling a revolution.

The German attack on the Soviet Union broke the uneasy state of affairs which had prevailed since the breakdown of military and diplomatic talks between Britain and the Soviet Union in August 1939. Though Britain did not declare war on the Soviet Union in response to 18 Civil War in Poland, 1942–1948 its occupation of Polish territories and the subsequent incorporation of the Baltic States, Bessarabia and Northern Bukovina, the implications of Soviet–German cooperation could not be overlooked. Diplomatic contacts were reduced to a minimum.

Unfortunately, the government-in-exile and its Delegates in Poland perceived that the attack on the Soviet Union and the inevitable defeat of Germany would bring closer the moment when a post-war administration could be established. The leaders of various political groupings believed that this was an important stage at which to reconfirm the independence of their organizations. The government’s task of trying to persuade them to maintain and increase unity in the face of the critical forthcoming battles would be an uphill and unrewarding struggle.

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