‘Sikorski’s Tourists: The Polish Armed Forces in Britain, 1939-45’ talk by Jenny Grant
To meet us on Zoom at 7 PM on 6th May 2021 please email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com to register by 5th May. We will send you a link the evening before.
The Polish airmen, soldiers and navy that reached the United Kingdom as a result of the German invasion on Poland and Europe were somewhat unexpected guests who turned out to be a force to be reckoned with. They took part in the Battle of Britain, defended the Scottish coast, and joined the Allies in the cause of retaking Europe from under the Nazi Germany rule. However, the relationship between the Poles in exile and their British hosts was not a straightforward one. Jennifer Grant examines this connection as well as Polish integration into the British society, the Allied military structures, and proceeds to show the influence of Operation Barbarossa on decline of British-Polish relations.
Jenny is currently a Postgraduate Researcher examining the Polish Armed Forces in the West. She has a long-standing interest in the field of Polish history as the granddaughter of Sybiracy and has presented a number of talks and lectures on the Polish experience of the Second World War.