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 instructed tale of the ratings of Polish fighter pilots who helped store England through the conflict of england and in their gorgeous betrayal through the U.S. and England on the finish of global struggle II.

Centering on 5 pilots of the popular Kosciuszko Squadron, the authors express how the fliers, pushed by way of their passionate wish to unencumber their native land, got here to rely one of the so much heroic and winning fighter pilots of worldwide battle II. Drawing at the Kosciuszko Squadron’s unofficial diary–filled with the fliers’ own reviews in combat–and on letters, interviews, memoirs, histories, and images, the authors carry the lads and battles of the squadron vividly to lifestyles. We stick with the crucial characters from their education earlier than the warfare, via their hair-raising break out from Poland to France after which, after the autumn of France, to Britain. We see how, first taken care of with disdain via the RAF, the Polish pilots performed a vital function throughout the conflict of england, the place their daredevil ability in attractive German Messerschmitts in shut and lethal wrestle whereas holding the planes of their personal teams quickly made them mythical. And we research what occurred to them after the conflict, whilst their kingdom was once deserted and passed over to the Soviet Union.

A query of Honor additionally supplies us a revelatory heritage of Poland in the course of international warfare II and of the various hundreds of thousands within the Polish militia who fought with the Allies. It tells of the country’s endless 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. strong, relocating, deeply related to, [i]A query of Honor
is a tremendous addition to the literature of global struggle II.

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Feb 19, Gens Pershing and PHain, at Chantilly (Oise) further consider American plan of Sept 25 for employment of American troops in St-Mibiel region. Agreement is reached that Americans, with one of their divisions as nucleus, shall build up American sector in Woevre region north of Toul; other divisions as they become available to be placed in line on right and left of nucleus division, and French to turn over command of army sector when four American divisions are in line. Mar 25, success of German offensive, in progress since Mar 21, leads Gen Pershing to postpone plans for forming American army.

June 17, Chief of Staff cables Gen Pershing to report with minimum delay his requirements and recommendations for bases, line of communications, camps, and troops needed for their operation and maintenance. June 20, the "Board on Ports", having visited Nantes, St-N azaire (Loire-Inferieure), La Pallice (Charente-InUirieure), Bordeaux, La Rochelle, Bassens, Pauillac, and Verdon-sur-Mer (Gironde) submits its report. Among its recommendations one is to the effect that a general officer of the line of the Regular Army with a competent staff be sent without delay to France for the duty of commanding the service of the rear of the American forces to whom all questions relating to that service can be turned over for settlement under such general instructions as Gen Pershing may see fit to give.

Nov 7, Third Army organized. Nov 8, GHQ directs SOS to establish Finance Bureau, AEF; beginning Nov 17, 1918, it operates at Tours. Nov 21, Officer in Charge of American Civil Administration of Occupied Territory is designated and an organization extending into armies, corps, and divisions, develops for handling matters of this Dature. Dec 30, First Replacement Depot established St-Aignan-N oyers. 1919 Jan 3, American Embarkation Center established at Le Mans. Jan 15, Regional Replacement Depots are established at Chelles (Seine-et-Marne), Toul, and Revigny (Meuse).

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