When I wrote Poland's Daughter, I had to study the Russo-Polish War of 1919-1920, because the girl's father had fought in it. Reading about Poland's war of maneuver against the Red Army, I was struck by how closely it resembled the German blitzkrieg of the Second World War, and I remarked on the irony that the Poles in September 1939 were blind-sided by the very tactics they had perfected! Well, it seems this wasn't just speculation. In Enemy in the East, by the German historian Rolf-Dieter Mueller, I see that that Marshal Pilsudski's memoirs were translated into German in 1935, with high praise from the German chief of staff. Read more here. An excellent book, making the case that Hitler's target all along was Moscow, not London.
And two more books that I borrowed from the state e-library, both of which delighted me to begin with but finally left me growling. First, The Great Leader and the Fighter Pilot tells the story of how North Korea came to exist, to our cost and that of millions of Koreans, much enlivened by pairing that story with the young pilot who defected with his MiG-15 jet fighter to the United States. And second, Uncle Poxl's Last Flight, a novel about a Czech Jew who made his way to England in 1940 and became a Lancaster pilot in the Royal Air Force. (Or, more accurately, a novel about Uncle Poxl's supposed memoir, as experienced by his American nephew.) Go here for more about these books. Blue skies! -- Dan Ford
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