By Lynne Olson, Stanley Cloud

ISBN-10: 0307424502

ISBN-13: 9780307424501

A query of Honor is the gripping, little-known, and brilliantly informed tale of the ratings of Polish fighter pilots who helped keep England in the course of the conflict of england and in their attractive betrayal via the U.S. and England on the finish of worldwide warfare II.

Centering on 5 pilots of the well known Kosciuszko Squadron, the authors convey how the fliers, pushed via their passionate wish to unencumber their place of birth, got here to count number one of the such a lot heroic and winning fighter pilots of worldwide struggle II. Drawing at the Kosciuszko Squadron’s unofficial diary–filled with the fliers’ own reports in combat–and on letters, interviews, memoirs, histories, and pictures, the authors convey the lads and battles of the squadron vividly to existence. We persist with the significant characters from their education sooner than the struggle, 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 by way of the RAF, the Polish pilots performed a very important position in the course of the conflict of england, the place their daredevil ability in attractive German Messerschmitts in shut and lethal strive against whereas keeping the planes of their personal teams quickly made them mythical. And we examine what occurred to them after the battle, whilst their kingdom used to be deserted and passed over to the Soviet Union.

A query of Honor additionally supplies us a revelatory background of Poland in the course of international warfare II and of the various hundreds of thousands within the Polish militia who fought with the Allies. It tells of the country’s endless 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 related to, [i]A query of Honor
is a tremendous addition to the literature of global struggle II.

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Benjamin Church gains appointment as the first surgeon general of the Continental army over Paul Revere’s objections that he is a British informant. The first rifle company, commanded by Captain Michael Doudel of York, Pennsylvania, arrives at Cambridge, Massachusetts. 1775 July 26 POLITICS: Having fulfilled the position for many years with the royal government, Benjamin Franklin becomes postmaster general of the new Post Office Department. July 27 POLITICS: The Continental Congress establishes the Army Medical Department.

An American force under Colonel John Brown brings up artillery and bombards the British into submission; General Richard Prescott, 145 rank and file, several armed ships, eight smaller craft, and stores pass into captivity. Governor-General Guy Carleton escapes by only the barest of margins. November 21 SOUTH: Patriot militia under Colonel Andrew Williams, having nearly exhausted their gunpowder, conclude a truce with a larger Loyalist force at Fort Ninety Six, South Carolina. Henceforth the Americans will destroy their fortifications, release all their prisoners, and return to their homes unmolested.

Upon further reflection, members reverse themselves and order the forts held as conduits for a possible invasion of Canada. SOUTH: A committee, meeting at Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, drafts 20 resolutions for its congressional delegates at Philadelphia. These include suspension of royal and parliamentary authority throughout the colony and reaffirmation of the supremacy of colonial legislatures—it falls just short of declaring independence. The so-called Mecklenburg Declaration is never presented to Congress itself.

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