Trail of Hope
The Anders Army, an Odyssey Across Three Continents
Following the conquest of Poland by Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union in 1939, hundreds of thousands of Polish families were torn from their homes and sent eastwards to the arctic wastes of Siberia. Prisoners of war, refugees, those regarded as 'social criminals' by Stalin's regime, and those rounded up by sheer chance were all sent 'to see the Great White Bear'.
However, with Hitler's invasion of the Soviet Union in Operation Barbarossa just two years later, Russia and the Allied powers found themselves on the same side once more. Turning to those that it had previously deemed 'undesirable', Russia sought to raise a Polish army from the men, women and children that it had imprisoned within its labour camps. In this remarkable work, renowned historian Professor Norman Davies draws from years of meticulous research to recount the compelling story of this unit, the Polish II Corps or 'Anders Army', and their exceptional journey from the Gulag of Siberia through Iran, the Middle East and North Africa to the battlefields of Italy to fight shoulder-to-shoulder with Allied forces.
Complete with previously unpublished photographs and first-hand accounts from the men and women who lived through it, this is a unique visual and written record of one of the most fascinating episodes of World War II.
Book available: from Rosikon Press for the Polish market only
Book available in other markets from Osprey Publishing
Price: 125zł 99,90zł
- 600 pages
- 900 maps, photographs, ilustrations
- ISBN: 978-83-62981-09-0
- Wydanie pierwsze
- year of publication:2015
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Trail of Hope: The Anders Army, an Odyssey Across Three Continents 31/01/2016 , Cosmopolitan ReviewWhen I was very young, a classics course I took included Xenophon’s account of the March of the Ten Thousand, the story of a Greek army escaping from Persia. I no longer remember the details of the Greek-Persian conflict but I do remember that all of us, including our teacher, cheered for...// więcej
Legions of a Lost World - the Anders Army in the Middle East (1941-1946) 25 November 2015 , Auditorium, Investcorp Building 68 Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 6JFFormed in Russia in August 1941, the Army of General Anders was drawn from a huge pool of Polish citizens who had spent the previous two years in the Soviet Gulag, in POW camps, or in forced exile, growing to be over 100,000 strong. In 1942-43, it was evacuated first to Iran and then Iraq to...// więcej
Norman Davies on Anders' Army October 27, 2015, William Mong Hall, Sidney Sussex College - Sidney St Cambridge CB2 3HU GBSidney Sussex College, the Department of Slavonic Studies at the University of Cambridge and the M. B. Grabowski Fund cordially invite you to the inaugural M. B. Grabowski Symposium with Professor Norman Davies at the William Mong Hall, Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge on 27...// więcej
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Professor Davies will present a talk entitled 'The Army of General Anders: Legions from a Lost World' 27/10/2015, William Mong Hall, Sidney Sussex College - Sidney St Cambridge CB2 3HU GBSidney Sussex College, the Department of Slavonic Studies at the University of Cambridge and the M. B. Grabowski Fund cordially invite you to the inaugural M. B. Grabowski Symposium with Professor Norman Davies at the William Mong Hall, Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge on 27...// więcej