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Hitler's Defeat in Russia.

ALEXANDER Field-Marshal Earl.; ANDERS Lt. Gen. W. (1953.)

£250.00  [First Edition]

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Folding map in rear pocket, maps in the text. First edition. 8vo., cloth, dust jacket. Chicago, Henry Regnery Company.

A presentation copy, inscribed on the title page 'To Field Marshal the Right Hon. Earl Alexander of Tunis with very warm personal regards W. Anders London 3.III.1954', with Alexander's armorial bookplate to the front pastedown.

Anders was Commander in Chief of the Free Polish Army in the Second World War, and a veteran of the Imperial Russian Army in the Great War. At the beginning of the Second World War he was captured and imprisoned by the Soviets in the infamous Lubyanka, where he was tortured. After his release in 1941, he re-formed and led the Polish Army in the east, and later commanded the Polish Second Corps in Italy, where he and his men captured Monte Cassino. After the war he became a prominent member of the Polish Government in Exile, based in London.

Alexander contributed a foreword to Anders' other book 'An Army in Exile', in which he says 'I am very glad to have this opportunity of paying my tribute to a great leader and to the famous force he commanded in the Italian Campaign. General Anders led the Polish Army through a series of adventures in military history'.

There are many ink corrections in the text, in an unknown hand, but they are plainly written by someone with intimate knowledge of Anders' campaigns.

Dust jacket lightly soiled, the spine faded.

Stock Code: 221945