A Question of Honor: The Kosciuszko Squadron: Forgotten by Lynne Olson, Stanley Cloud

By Lynne Olson, Stanley Cloud

A query of Honor is the gripping, little-known, and brilliantly advised tale of the rankings of Polish fighter pilots who helped keep England in the course of the conflict of england and in their lovely betrayal via the USA and England on the finish of worldwide warfare II.

Centering on 5 pilots of the well known Kosciuszko Squadron, the authors exhibit how the fliers, pushed via their passionate wish to release their place of birth, got here to matter one of the such a lot heroic and winning fighter pilots of worldwide conflict II. Drawing at the Kosciuszko Squadron’s unofficial diary–filled with the fliers’ own studies in combat–and on letters, interviews, memoirs, histories, and pictures, the authors carry the lads and battles of the squadron vividly to lifestyles. We stick to the crucial characters from their education earlier than the warfare, via their hair-raising get away from Poland to France after which, after the autumn of France, to Britain. We see how, first taken care of with disdain through the RAF, the Polish pilots performed an important position in the course of the conflict of england, the place their daredevil ability in enticing German Messerschmitts in shut and lethal wrestle whereas holding the planes of their personal teams quickly made them mythical. And we examine what occurred to them after the struggle, whilst their kingdom was once deserted and passed over to the Soviet Union.

A query of Honor additionally provides us a revelatory background of Poland in the course of global conflict II and of the various hundreds of thousands within the Polish military who fought with the Allies. It tells of the country’s never-ending fight opposed to either Hitler and Stalin, its lengthy conflict for independence, and the tragic cave in of that dream within the “peace” that undefined. robust, relocating, deeply related to, [i]A query of Honor
is an enormous addition to the literature of worldwide battle II.

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