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The Polish underground, 1939-1947

Author: D G Williamson
Publisher: Barnsley, South Yorkshire : Pen & Sword Military, ©2012.
Series: Campaign chronicle.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This text looks at the role and work of the Polish underground during the Second World War and in the immediate aftermath.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: D G Williamson
ISBN: 9781848842816 1848842813
OCLC Number: 772973393
Description: xiv, 242 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 24 cm.
Contents: [1] Background --
Poland : a fragile state --
Planning guerrilla warfare --
Invasion and partition --
Siege of Warsaw, 7-27 September 1939 --
Formation of the Polish government-in-Exile --
"Post-September" resistance --
Creation of the Polish Underground --
Enemy-occupied Poland --
General government --
German army of occupation --
Soviet Zone --
Poles and the occupation --
[2] Campaign chronicle --
Resistance, September 1939-June 1940 --
Attempts to centralize armed resistance and avoidance of premature action --
Sabotage operations in Romania and Hungary --
Organization, supply and sabotage in Poland --
Fall of France --
Impact of the fall of France on the Polish Underground --
London and the Polish Resistance after the fall of France --
Communications with occupied Poland --
Plans for future action --
Polish resistance amongst the diaspora --
Growth of resistance in German-Occupied Poland --
Soviet-occupied Poland --
Diplomatic consequences of Barbarossa --
Conditions in Poland, June 1941-January 1943 --
Growing popular resistance --
Attempts to supply the Underground by air --
Diversionary activities in Poland --
Operation Wachlarz --
Intelligence and liaison, 1941-1942 --
Development of the Polish Home Army, June 1941-December 1942 --
British POWs and the Polish Resistance. The written word as a weapon --
The spectre of communism : Communist partisan bands, 1941-1942 --
The Zamość crisis --
Polish Resistance in France --
Ambitious diplomatic schemes --
Deteriorating relations between the Polish government-in-exile and the USSR --
Katyń --
Anglo-American appeasement of the USSR --
The state of Poland, January 1943-August 1944 --
The streamlining of the Underground state --
Assassinations --
The Gestapo fights back --
Intelligence, 1943-1944 --
Aircraft and ballistic rocket projects --
The Communist challenge, 1943-1944 --
Jewish Resistance and the Poles --
The Warsaw Ghetto uprising, April-May 1943 --
Resistance in the other ghettos --
Źegota and Polish assistance to the Jews --
Partisan operations : the AK --
Operation Tempest --
Supplying the AK from Italy --
Operations Jula and Ewa, April 1944 --
Partisan operations : GL/AL and the "Forest People" --
The Red Army enters Polish Territory --
The political failure of Operation Tempest, January-July 1944 --
The SOE intervenes, May 1944 --
Resistance behind German lines in the General Government, January-July 1944 --
The Red Army crosses the Bug --
Polish resistance in Europe --
The Warsaw uprising : the decision to revolt. The outbreak of the revolt : 1-5 August --
The German counter-offensive --
The attack on the Old Town, 8-19 August --
The insurgents retreat from the Old Town --
The city centre, Mokotów and Żoliborz --
Attitude of the Soviet Union --
Help from the Western Allies : too little and too late --
September : hanging on --
Surrender --
The civilian population during the uprising --
The three Polands, October 1944 --
Opposition to the Polish Committee of National Liberation --
The re-establishment of the Underground state in the General Government --
The Moscow Conference, October 1944 --
The AK's attempt to regroup, October 1944-January 1945 --
Supply and liaison --
Dispatch of the British Military Mission to Poland --
Intelligence, sabotage and guerrilla war in the General Government, October 1944-January 1945 --
The AL and NSZ --
Soviet advance, January 1945 --
Continuing the war against Germany outside Poland --
[3] Aftermath --
Dissolution of the AK and the emergence of NIE --
Flight and concealment --
End of the Underground state, March-June 1945 --
The revolt of April-July 1945 --
Creation of the Provisional Government of National Unity and the first amnesty --
Support for the Underground from Poles abroad --
General Anders and the former Polish Government-in-Exile --
The referendum and the General Election, 1946-1947 --
Assessment --
[4] Appendices --
I. Chronology of major events --
II. Biographies of key figures --
III. Glossary and abbreviations --
IV. Orders of battle and statistics --
V. Survivors' reminiscences.
Series Title: Campaign chronicle.
Responsibility: David G. Williamson.

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This text looks at the role and work of the Polish underground during the Second World War and in the immediate aftermath.

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A comprehensive study of the Polish resistance, and reassessment of its action and legacy. A quite remarkable story based on original research and eyewitness accounts. Excellent 8/10. - Great War Read more...

 
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