I'm familiar with the pro-Russian historical line that you are expressing. It was and is part of the anti-Polish Russian propaganda. The Russians also learned that throwing in a bit of pro-British issues generally makes the statement more pallatable to a wider audience.
Ralph Apel <Ralph.Apel@...> wrote:
it was in order to deter Hitler from attacking Poland that the British
Governemnt gave its guarantee. The next step was war, and so it was. The
only way to have prevented it was an Anglo-Russian-Polish Alliance to give
Hitler a very clear warning.
The only people who could have brought matrerial aid to Poland in the event
of a German invasion were the Russians. Prior to the Molotov-Ribbentrop
Pact the UK tried to get the Colonels to agree to a Russian Alliance. The
Colonels reply: we may, with the Germans, lose our body; with the Russians
we would lose our soul.
As I said the RAF flew missions to drop supplies to the Home Army. As we
all know Polish Forces fought in Africa, Italy, France the Low Countries and
Germany. Britain became the home of the Polish Government-in-Exile
And yes in 1939 the RAF were restrained from bombing Germany. It made up
for it later.
>From: HJ Trevelyan <hjtrevelyan@...>
>Subject: Re: [Kresy-Siberia] Re: Comments on Bill Maher yesterday: US
"helping" Eastern Europe
>Date: Mon, 8 Nov 2004 11:19:24 -0800 (PST)
>Eve, thanks for this post. One needs to look at the facts of WWII with
reason and not self-laudatory emotion as the British and Americans tend to
do. Despite treaty obligations, no one except for a Czechoslovak pilot or
two, came to Poland's aid in September of 1939. The Brits' help consisted
of dropping leaflets over Germany...I kid you not.
>Some people, including historians, seem to imply and believe that Britain's
behavior is best described by the following quote from
>"There is one helpful guide, namely, for a nation to keep its word to act
in accordance with its treaty obligations to allies. This guide is called
honour." But, then, Churchill wrote his own history of WWII. Did he not?
His words resounded with honor and duty, but his acts did not necessarily do
honor to his lofty prose. It was in August of 1939 that Poles gave the
British and French replicas of the Enigma machine and the initial codes. I
think Poles had a right to expect more than leaflets.
>By the way, does anyone know whatever happened to the Polish Government's
gold--the gold that was placed in the Bank of England in September of 1939?
Is it still in England? In Poland? Got used up--how? If any is still
left, could it not yet be used to repatriate those Poles who had been
deported to Siberia and other places, but have been unable to return