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Poland in World War II : an illustrated military history
Hempel, Andrew.
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Publication Information:
New York : Hippocrene Books, [2000]

Physical Description:
v, 117 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm
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D765 .H45 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
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Poland's participation in World War II is generally little known in the West and is often reduced to stereotypes advanced by the media: German planes attacking the civilian population in 1939 and Polish cavalry charging German tanks. In actuality, it was not an easy victory for the Germans in 1939, and after the conquest of Poland, the Poles continued to fight in their homeland, on all European fronts, and in North Africa. This illustrated history is a concise presentation of the Polish military was effort in World War II, intermingled with factual human interest stories and 50 black and white photos and illustrations.

Author Notes

Andrew Hempel was born in Warsaw, Poland. In 1944 he was arrested in German-occupied Warsaw by the Gestapo for attending an underground high school and was sent to a German labor camp. After the war, he graduated from the University of London and worked in England, Canada, and the United States. He currently resides in Reading, Pennsylvania.

Table of Contents

Historical Backgroundp. 1
Defense of Poland: September 1 - October 6, 1939p. 7
Continued Struggle for Poland Abroadp. 24
Narvikp. 25
Defense of Francep. 26
The Polish Air Force in Great Britainp. 30
Jews Under German Occupation--The "Final Solution"p. 39
German Terror and the Polish Underground Statep. 43
Soviet Occupation and the Polish Army in the Soviet Unionp. 58
Italian Campaign and the Battle of Monte Cassinop. 65
Polish Armed Forces in the Soviet Unionp. 70
Normandy, Belgium, Holland and Wilhelmshavenp. 75
Arnhemp. 83
The Warsaw Uprising: August 1 - October 5, 1944p. 87
Epiloguep. 106
Bibliographyp. 107
Indexp. 111