THE BLACK DEVILS' MARCH ' A DOOMED ODYSSEY ' THE 1ST POLISH ARMOURED DIVISION 1939 ' 45.

McGilvray, Evan.


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Helion & Co., Solihull, 1st ed., 2005. Vi + 153 pp., numerous photo-ills., + plans. Pict., boards, 31 x 22cm. FINE. This is an account of how the 1st (and only) Polish Armoured Division in the West under the leadership of General Stanislaw Maczek, arose out of the ashes of defeat and while attempting to avoid the internal politics of the Polish Government in Exile, was able to return to Europe in August 1944 on the side of the Western Allies. The account of the formation and combat service of the Division is fully researched from Polish, English and German sources, and includes training in Scotland, the unit's sharp introduction to warfare in the Normandy bocage, the Falaise Gap and Hill 262, the advance into Belgium and Holland, and final victory on German soil. There are nearly 100 photographs, maps and a detailed listing of the Division's medal recipients. The politics of the Polish Army are examined as well as the historical legacy of the Polish soldier in exile. This helps the reader to understand the frustration of the Poles as they sought to form an armoured unit.


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