- First to Fight recounts Poland s epic six year struggle - with some historically significant texts being published for the first time, such as the EnglishMessage 1 of 1 , Sep 2, 2009View Source
'First to Fight' - press release from Royal British Legion
'First to Fight' recounts Poland's epic six year struggle – with some historically significant texts being published for the first time, such as the English translation of Stalin's signed order to execute 14,736 of the Polish Officer Corps at Katyn Forest in 1940.
The story is brought to life with moving personal stories from Poles who fought in the air, on land and at sea, on many fronts.
For example, the myth of Polish cavalry charging German Panzers is put to bed: yes they did charge, but to good effect as recounted by Lieutenant Andrzej Zylinski. Leading the 4th Squadron of the Polish 11th Uhlan Regiment they charged with sabres drawn, breaching the German defences of Kałuszyn. After fierce fighting, the town was captured with the almost complete destruction of the German 44th Regiment, whose commander committed suicide.
'First to Fight' is being launched ahead of the dedication of the first official war memorial in the UK for the 500,000 members of the Polish forces who fought in WWII under British command. The event,in the presence of HRH The Duke of Kent, will take place at the National Memorial Arboretum on 19 September.
With the publication of 'First to Fight' and the unveiling of the Polish War Memorial this September, the last remaining veterans now know that their struggles, and those of their departed comrades, will be duly remembered in Britain for generations to come.
Due to unprecedented interest in the book, more material has already come to light, which is being incorporated into a Second Edition. If any media would like to request their readers/viewers to contribute personal stories/recollections of the Poles in the War these will be considered for inclusion in the new edition and offered to the publication on an exclusive basis.
More details, including who to contact if you want to contribute, is on this web page - http://www.britishlegion.org.uk/about-us/media-centre/news/national-memorial-arboretum/launch-of-new-book-on-poland's-unique-contribution-to-britain's-freedom