Poland’s Daughter: How I Met Basia, Hitchhiked to Italy, and Learned About Love, War, and Exile

Warbird Books
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 When Hitler and Stalin invaded Poland in 1939, their victims included a five-year-old named Basia. Her father and brother were murdered in the Katyn Forest massacres, and the women and children were loaded into a cattle car for a horrific three-week journey to the steppes of Kazakhstan, there to survive as best they could. Over the next eight years, Basia would escape through Persia, Lebanon, and Egypt to safe haven in England.Meanwhile, Daniel Ford grew up in a United States mired by the Great Depression. Europe's agony was America's windfall! He went from hardscrabble poverty to a fellowship that took him to the English university where Basia was also a student. This is the story of their meeting, their travels, and their parting. "An extraordinary book, highly original, gripping, at once full of joy and of sorrow" (Cosmopolitan Review).
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Publisher
Warbird Books
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Published on
Apr 24, 2016
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Pages
244
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ISBN
9781548646356
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Language
English
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Genres
Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs
History / Military / Aviation
History / Military / World War II
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"What God abandoned, these defended / And saved the sum of things for pay." 

In the bleak winter of 1941-1942, no American or British force could stem the tide in Southeast Asia, as the Philippines, Thailand, Malaya, and Singapore fell to the victorious Japanese. Only in Burma was there a ray of hope. There, over beleaguered Rangoon, a few dozen Americans clawed Japanese warplanes from the sky for a cash bounty from the Chinese government. Wearing mismatched uniforms, with Chinese insignia, and flying cast-off fighter planes, they did what no other air force seemed able to do, and won immortality as the Flying Tigers. 

Daniel Ford wrote "the definitive history" of the American Volunteer Group, as it was formally known. Here, he has collected five e-books about the Flying Tigers into an omnibus that details the AVG's planes, pilots, and history as remembered in the United States and in Japan. An essential collection for every admirer of the Flying Tigers. 

"The AVG's first encounter with the Japanese Air Force over Kunming, China,  on 20 December 1941 is often written about. The version Dan Ford presents  here is probably the most complete picture extant." (First Blood for the  Flying Tigers) 

"I can wholeheartedly recommend his work to anyone desiring insight into  the early years of the JAAF" (Rising Sun Over Burma) 

"Very well written and full of new information about a fascinating time in
our history" (100 Hawks for China) 

"A unique insight into how the Japanese appeared to the pilots meeting  them, and how the AVG learned to deal with them" (AVG Confidential)  
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