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Trail of Hope

The Anders Army, an Odyssey Across Three Continents
Narrated by: Derek Perkins
Length: 15 hrs and 25 mins
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Following the conquest of Poland by Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union in 1939, hundreds of thousands of Polish families were torn from their homes and sent eastward to the arctic wastes of Siberia. Prisoners of war, refugees, those regarded as "social criminals" by Stalin's regime, and those rounded up by sheer chance were all sent "to see the Great White Bear".

However, with Hitler's invasion of the Soviet Union in Operation Barbarossa just two years later, Russia and the Allied powers found themselves on the same side once more. Turning to those that it had previously deemed "undesirable", Russia sought to raise a Polish army from the men, women, and children that it had imprisoned within its labor camps.

In this remarkable work, renowned historian Professor Norman Davies draws from years of meticulous research to recount the compelling story of this unit, the Polish II Corps or "Anders Army", and their exceptional journey from the Gulag of Siberia through Iran, the Middle East, and North Africa to the battlefields of Italy to fight shoulder-to-shoulder with Allied forces. Complete with firsthand accounts from the men and women who lived through it, this is a unique record of one of the most fascinating episodes of World War II.

©2015 Norman Davies (P)2018 Tantor

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  • 04-26-19

No end to the tears and hardships!

I learned so much about the suffering of the polish people from the start of WW11 until well after it ended,
So sad how they were sold out by political agreements that they were not allowed to participate in.
How they fought bravely and lost so many and still did not win their freedom.

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  • 03-27-19

extraordinary book

Absolute must read for anyone interested in history, politics, humanity. Loved it, only quibble is sometimes it can be hard to tell when its going in to a quote

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  • Michal
  • 09-03-18

Enthralling story, well read

A wonderful book on a fascinating subject slightly marred by the author’s sometimes unnecessary meandering and the narrator’s obvious struggle with Polish names. I’ve enjoyed the story, rich in detail, well told and beautifully read. The narrator has a wonderful warm voice which is a pleasure to hear. The only problem was the narrator’s obvious and painful struggle with quite frequent Polish words – he really could have used some coaching on basic Polish pronunciation and probably should have worked a bit more on the difficult Polish language. Apart from those minor issues, I’ve enjoyed the book and found the story enthralling.