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V.V. Vasilenko

The Warsaw uprising of 1944: political preconditions

Warsaw uprising 1944, resulted in deadly defeat of the insurgents, is one of the most tragic events in the Polish history. Despite its wide historiography in this country and abroad, some of its aspects remain controversial. In particular some of the foreign scholars assume that Soviet appeals for help were among main reasons for the Polish emigre and underground leadership to make a decision to start the uprising in Warsaw in 1944. The author examines the development of the armed uprising concept by the Polish London government and by the leaders of underground armed forces on the Polish territory - of Army Krajowa - and their reasons to start the uprising. The author concludes that the decision to start the fighting in the occupied Polish capital was taken mainly with the aim to convey the control of the territory of Poland to the emigre Polish leaders in view of the coming Soviet forces, not with the purpose to assist the Red Army in liberation of German-occupied Poland.

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