For Your Freedom and Ours
The Kosciuszko Squadron - Forgotten Heroes of World War II
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For Your Freedom and Ours by Lynne Olson
Book DescriptionMembers of the Polish Air Force fought through the defeat of their own country in 1939 and then alongside the French until the fall of France the following year, when they made their varied ways to Britain. There the Poles were among the Royal Air Force's most successful ace pilots. During the Battle of Britain, the pilots of the all-Polish Kosciuszko Squadron - 303 Squadron to the RAF - shot down more German planes than any other squadron. According to Britain's wartime air force minister, without the Polish pilots 'our shortage of trained pilots would have made it impossible to defeat the German air force and so win the Battle'. This gripping book tells the story of the Polish pilots, who flew and fought for the British RAF in World War Two. It follows five of these pilots from defeat in Poland and France to victory in the Battle of Britain, from their idolisation by the public to the harrowing story of their betrayal, and Poland's, by Britain and the USA as the war came to its closing stages. This is an utterly fascinating story, heroic, inspiring and finally tragic, strikingly well-told.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780099428121
(198mm x 129mm x 34mm)
Imprint: Arrow Books Ltd
Publish Date: 3-Jun-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Lynne Olson
Citizens of London, Paperback (November 2015)
Drawing on a variety of primary sources, this book depicts the personal journeys of men who were determined to save Britain from Hitler, helped convince a cautious FDR and reluctant American public to back the British at a critical time.
Those Angry Days, Paperback (February 2014)
Traces the crisis period leading up to America's entry into World War II, describing the nation's polarized interventionist and isolationist factions as represented by the government, in the press, and on the streets.
Troublesome Young Men, Paperback / softback (April 2008)» View all books by Lynne Olson
Olson presents a riveting history of the daring politicians who challenged the disastrous policies of the British government on the eve of World War II, describing in dramatic detail the public unrest that erupted as people realized how ill prepared the nation was to confront Hitler.
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Author Biography - Lynne Olson
Stanley W. Cloud and Lynne Olson are the authors of The Murrow Boys, an entertaining history book about the adventures of CBS radio broadcaster Edward R. Murrow and his team of broadcast journalists during World War Two. They live in Washington, D. C.
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