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By Anita J. Prazmowska

British-Polish family members in the course of the moment international warfare have been dogged via the truth that Polish calls for at the Soviet Union threatened Soviet family members with Britain and the USA, and Soviet participation within the conflict. during this publication Anita Prazmowska relates British regulations and war-time technique to Polish expectancies and regulations. She describes a sad scenario the place Polish squaddies have been trapped among the unrealistic plans in their govt and the tough realities of a conflict that they fought for Britain with out prospect of a passable consequence for them or their state.

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Deliberations about them tended to be uneasy and inconclusive. By the end of September, when the defeat of Poland by German and Soviet troops was confirmed, the need to prevent Germany restocking in oil from Romania and other vital raw materials from other European states came to be seen as the most important issue. One of the key factors which had earlier constrained the development of any military plans for assisting the Poles was the lack of direct lines of communication with Poland. 15 Not surprisingly, therefore, the September discussions of the Polish ability to resist Germany tended to produce sentiments of support rather than effective decisions.

28 On 9 September a new issue had been introduced to the Cabinet. Under the heading 'Anticipated Duration of War' Chamberlain opened a discussion on war aims. Information had apparently been received suggesting that Hitler might succeed in exploiting British and French inactivity to induce the Poles to surrender. Chamberlain was not prepared to be drawn into making any statements on the subject. He nevertheless appreciated the necessity of defending the position of the government. 29 Immediately after the meeting a declaration was made to the press stating that the government was operating 'on the assumption that the duration of the war would be at least three years'.

Their acquisition of Polish equipment was considered by the Foreign Office to be a very good idea. 35 The reality of the situation in Bucharest was totally different from that assumed in London. The British and French hope that Romania would at least try to deny Germany access to oil reserves was based on an incorrect analysis of the strength of the pro-western faction within the royal household. At the beginning of the war the Prime Minister managed to persuade the King not to declare neutrality, which could have been viewed by the western Allies as a sign of hostility, by 5 September.

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