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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 rankings of Polish fighter pilots who helped retailer England throughout the conflict of england and in their gorgeous betrayal through the USA and England on the finish of worldwide struggle II.

Centering on 5 pilots of the well known Kosciuszko Squadron, the authors convey how the fliers, pushed by means of their passionate wish to unlock their native land, got here to count one of the so much heroic and profitable fighter pilots of worldwide conflict II. Drawing at the Kosciuszko Squadron’s unofficial diary–filled with the fliers’ own reviews in combat–and on letters, interviews, memoirs, histories, and images, the authors deliver the boys and battles of the squadron vividly to existence. We stick to the crucial characters from their education earlier than the struggle, via their hair-raising get away from Poland to France after which, after the autumn of France, to Britain. We see how, first taken care of with disdain through the RAF, the Polish pilots performed an important function in the course of the conflict of england, the place their daredevil ability in attractive German Messerschmitts in shut and lethal wrestle whereas conserving the planes of their personal teams quickly made them mythical. And we examine what occurred to them after the conflict, while their kingdom was once deserted and passed over to the Soviet Union.

A query of Honor additionally provides us a revelatory heritage of Poland in the course of international struggle II and of the numerous millions within the Polish military 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. strong, relocating, deeply concerning, [i]A query of Honor
is a big addition to the literature of worldwide battle II.

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4r, AST1. See also “Le sommayre de la vie… Jacques de Savoye,” AST1; Henry II patents dated 24-­XI-­1548, AST1, PGN, cat. 9, mz. 1, no. 1. 12 In early 1550, the king dispatched Jacques on a diplomatic mission to Rome. Jacques made a detour to Vercelli, where he met with his uncle to discuss reconciliation with Henry II, and once he reached Rome he held discussions with other Savoyard officials. 13 Jacques’ awareness of his position as second in line to the Savoyard throne (and immediate heir after Charles III’s death in 1553) expressed itself through the maintenance of warm relations with the duke of Savoy and those in his service—­even though these were enemy officials!

On top of this, Duke Charles III was confronted with the conversion of the canton of Bern, his most powerful northern neighbor, to the Reformed religion. After 1528, the Bernese actively supported those in the Savoyard lands, especially Vaud and Geneva, who shared their faith. The Genevan city councils were already hostile toward the other two authorities in the city, the prince-­ bishop (traditionally a member of the house of Savoy) and the duke himself, and in the 1520s this conflict took on a religious dimension.

5, no. 3; and patents of Henry II dated 27-­VII-­1548 and 16-­IX-­1548, AST1, PGN, cat. 3, mz. 5, no. 4. 87. Patents dated 10-­V-­1549, AST1, PGN, cat. 3, mz. 6, no. 6; description of Charlotte’s funeral, undated, AST1, PGN, cat. 3, mz. 6, no. 7. 88. “Le sommayre de la vie … Jaques de Savoye,” fol. 1r–­v. For Charlotte’s administration, see her instructions (dated Chazey 28-­II-­1545) to the Genevois castellans in 1545 and other correspondence in AST1, PGN, cat. 2, mz. 5, no. 1. 89. Avezou, “Le rôle d’Annecy,” 9, 11–­12, 18, 22–­23.

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