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The Black Devils March - A Doomed Odyssey Evan McGilvray

The Black Devils March - A Doomed Odyssey

Evan McGilvray

Published May 19th 2005
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153 pages
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The Black Devils March is an account of how the 1st (and only) Polish Armoured Division in the West under the leadership of General Stanislaw Maczek, arose out of the ashes of defeat and while attempting to avoid the internal politics of the PolishMoreThe Black Devils March is an account of how the 1st (and only) Polish Armoured Division in the West under the leadership of General Stanislaw Maczek, arose out of the ashes of defeat and while attempting to avoid the internal politics of the Polish Government in Exile, was able to return to Europe in August 1944 on the side of the Western Allies. In Europe the Division achieved glory, honour and victory but was unable to liberate Poland owing to the politics of the post-war settlement in Europe.The account of the formation and combat service of the Division is fully researched from Polish, English and German sources, and includes training in Scotland, the units sharp introduction to warfare in the Normandy bocage, the Falaise Gap and Hill 262, the advance into Belgium and Holland, and final victory on German soil. The text is supported by nearly 100 photographs (many previously unpublished), maps, and detailed appendices, including a list of the Divisions medal recipients. In addition, there are four pages of outstanding colour profiles showing the camouflage and markings of the units tanks and other vehicles.The politics of the Polish Army are examined as well as the historical legacy of the Polish soldier in exile.Much of the book was researched from hard-to-find Polish sources. The text is supported by 4 pages of colour AFV profiles, nearly 100 photographs (many previously unpublished), maps and appendices.