It's so nice to hear that somebody is interested in our history and our quest for freedom. I am one of those who fought for freedom of Poland during WWII (unfortunately, many of us went on the "eternal guard duty")and your obvious understanding of our situation is very important to me. To know more about history of Poland I might recomend to you excellent "Poland-God's Playground" by Norman Davies. He describes history of Poland in detail. If you want to know more about our tribulations during WWII please do not hesitate to ask. I went through all of it:exile to Siberia, fighting in Italy in 2-nd Polish Corps and life in emigration.