By Lynne Olson, Stanley Cloud
A query of Honor is the gripping, little-known, and brilliantly instructed tale of the rankings of Polish fighter pilots who helped retailer England throughout the conflict of england and in their gorgeous betrayal through the U.S. and England on the finish of worldwide struggle II.
Centering on 5 pilots of the well known Kosciuszko Squadron, the authors convey how the fliers, pushed by way of their passionate wish to free up their fatherland, got here to count one of the so much heroic and winning fighter pilots of global 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 deliver the boys and battles of the squadron vividly to lifestyles. We stick to the vital characters from their education sooner than the battle, via their hair-raising break out from Poland to France after which, after the autumn of France, to Britain. We see how, first handled with disdain through the RAF, the Polish pilots performed a very important position through the conflict of england, the place their daredevil ability in attractive German Messerschmitts in shut and lethal strive against whereas holding the planes of their personal teams quickly made them mythical. And we examine what occurred to them after the battle, while their state used to be deserted and passed over to the Soviet Union.
A query of Honor additionally offers us a revelatory historical past of Poland in the course of global conflict II and of the various hundreds of thousands within the Polish defense force 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 concerning, [i]A query of Honor is a tremendous addition to the literature of worldwide battle II.
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18 The most striking correspondence, however, is the tactical disadvantage at which some eight thousand Croat combatants on the valley ﬂoor dominated by much more numerous Muslim forces holding the surrounding heights found themselves, just as the ﬁfteen thousand French Union troops at Dien Bien Phu were dominated by some ﬁfty thousand Vietminh soldiers on the surrounding hills. The major difference, of course, is that the French Union forces at Dien Bien Phu were not defending their homes and hearths.
33 However, the authorized strength of HVO tactical units was seldom achieved. 36 Essentially light infantry forces, the HVO brigades were normally organized with three or four subordinate infantry battalions and a minimal combat support and combat service support structure, as shown in Figure 2–3. 38 31 Organization of the Opposing Forces Fig. 2-3. HVO Brigade Stucture, April–May, 1993 Sources: See HQ, Vitez Brigade, no. 10–123–293, Vitez, Apr. 1; commander, Frankopan Brigade, to commander, OZCB, Guca Gora—Travnik, May 17, 1993, subj: (Organization and Strength of Frankopan Brigade), B D246; HQ, Central Bosnia Armed Forces Command, no.
A Question of Honor: The Kosciuszko Squadron: Forgotten Heroes of World War II by Lynne Olson, Stanley Cloud