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by Lynne Olson

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This is a book about how Polish pilots tipped the balance toward Englad during the battle of Britian when they made a vital contribution. It also explains the background of Polish history, the events leading up to the start of WWII and how the allies dealth with Poland during and in the closing months of WWII. They went to war to protest Poland's take over by Germany but were abandoned to Russian control at the end of the war.

The story of the Polish fighter pilots was facinating and I had read little about them except a passing mention here or there. This book finally put their story in context of the wider range of the war and the politics that took place around them.

America played a role in this abandonment, from page 306: Unlike Churchill, FDR showed little concern about a pro-Soviet government taking over Poland oafter the war. Indeed, in the spring of 1944, he told Averell Harriman, the U.S. ambassador to Moscow, that he "didn't care whether the coutries bordering Russia became communized."

Poland was the only country never to have a governement that cooperated with the Nazis. Both Germany and Russia wanted to eradicate Poland and Polish people from the face of the earth. Many of the death camps that Jews were sent to to were set up and filled first with Polish people. ( )
  Chris_El | Mar 19, 2015 |
What I learned reading this history of Polish aviators in World War 2 impressed and astounded me. Without free Polish pilots, Germany might have won the Battle of Britain, for example. A sympathetic but objective look at free Poland's role in defeating Hitler, and a pocket history of Poland's betrayal buy its allies before and after September 1939. ( )
1 vote nmele | Apr 4, 2014 |
Fasinating, enlightening and insightful. ( )
  rscotts | May 19, 2009 |
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A Question of Honor is the gripping, little-known story of the refugee Polish pilots who joined the RAF and played an essential role in saving Britain from the Nazis, only to be betrayed by the Allies after the war.

After Poland fell to the Nazis, thousands of Polish pilots, soldiers, and sailors escaped to England. Devoted to liberating their homeland, some would form the RAF’s 303 squadron, known as the Kosciuszko Squadron, after the elite unit in which many had flown back home. Their thrilling exploits and fearless flying made them celebrities in Britain, where they were “adopted” by socialites and seduced by countless women, even as they yearned for news from home. During the Battle of Britain, they downed more German aircraft than any other squadron, but in a stunning twist at the war’s end, the Allies rewarded their valor by abandoning Poland to Joseph Stalin. This moving, fascinating book uncovers a crucial forgotten chapter in World War II–and Polish–history.

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"A Question of Honor is the little-known, story of the scores of Polish fighter pilots who helped save England during the Battle of Britain and of their stunning betrayal by the United States and England at the end of World War II." "Centering on five pilots of the renowned Kosciuszko Squadron, the authors show how the fliers, driven by their passionate desire to liberate their homeland, came to be counted among the most heroic and successful fighter pilots of World War II. Drawing on the Kosciuszko Squadron's unofficial diary - filled with the fliers' personal experiences in combat - and on letters, interviews, memoirs, histories, and photographs, the authors bring the men and battles of the squadron vividly to life. We follow the principal characters from their training before the war, through their hair-raising escape from Poland to France and then, after the fall of France, to Britain. We see how, first treated with disdain by the RAF, the Polish pilots played a crucial role during the Battle of Britain, where their daredevil skill in engaging German Messerschmitts in close and deadly combat while protecting the planes in their own groups soon made them legendary. And we learn what happened to them after the war, when their country was abandoned and handed over to the Soviet Union." -- book jacket.… (more)

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