The Black Devils March: A Doomed Odyssey: The 1st Polish Armoured Division 1939-1945
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A history of the polish 1st armoured division from its formation and training in Britain, through Normandy, Falaise, Belgium, Holland and Germany. Highly informative in some respects often listing the names of troopers killed in an engagement the author clearly has a deep respect for the units achievements but I found his writing style difficult to remain interested in. Recommended only until I can find a better book on Polish troops in the British army during World War 2.
The Black Devils March - A Doomed Odyssey by Evan McGilvray
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Details The Black Devils' March 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 on the side of the Western Allies.
In Europe the Division achieved glory, honour and victory but was unable to liberate Poland owing to the politics of the post-war settlement in Europe.
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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 , the advance into Belgium and Holland, and final victory on German soil. The text is supported by nearly photographs many previously unpublished , maps, and detailed appendices, including a list of the Division's medal recipients.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.