On the K-S companion research site www. aforgottenodyssey.com you
will find an extensive bibliography that includes first person accounts of
how Poles and others were taken from Eastern Poland by the Soviets and how
they made their way to join Anders Army. These books, films, on-line
stories, etc., will give you a good idea of what happened to individuals
and what the conditions were like in the USSR in the early forties.
One of those books is �Without Vodka: Adventures in Wartime Russia� by
my husband, Aleksander Topolski who was arrested in Eastern Poland in 1939.
You can see the index of it on his website www.withoutvodka.com
The book ends when he arrives in Iran with Anders�s Army. Aleks is
now busy revising his manuscript for the second volume of his memoirs--
Without A Roof (WAR)-- about his service with Signals in the 2nd Polish
Corps from the time they left the USSR until he arrived in England shortly
after the war in Europe ended. For over a year in Italy he served in
Anders�s HQ as a Cadet Officer.
He recently received a certified copy of his army records from the
British Ministry of Defense. They are in Polish. I believe he would be
willing to send you a copy of his personal records if that could be useful
in gaining incite into the paperwork that followed the soldiers around. He
would also probably share any bits of his WAR manuscript with you that might
shed light on some aspect of Anders Army that you are interested in or need
clarification about from someone who served in it.
His memory is still pretty good, although he is now 80. If you have
specific questionsn you can reach him at aleks@...
Good luck with your thesis. Judging from my academic experience,
I think you will find you will have to narrow down your topic once you get
much farther into your research.
> > From: "Rafal Czapla" <rczapla1@...>
> > Date: Sun, 07 Dec 2003 10:41:19 -0600
> >,,,,,,,,,,,, I want to join your discussion group because I am currently
> > Masters Degree in History, with an emphasis on World War Two, and I am
> > attempting to write my thesis on Gen. Anders and his Army.
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