I thought this topic deserves its own thread.
Tony posted this letter from Churchill dated June 1941
In response, I have found an interesting response in my grandfather's documents: a letter to Polish Officers from gen. broni. Sikorski.
I've been working on a translation to this document. If anyone has any corrections or improvements to this translation I would love to hear it.
London, 2 September 1941
COMMAND OFFICER No. 9
The situation facing the remnants of the State Armed Forces, subjugated by the most dangerous enemy of humanity and engendered by its ruthlessness and cruelty, has in the spirit of the resistance of freedom-loving nations - made the soldier, whose normal purpose is to defend the sovereign rights and the borders of their homeland - today fight away from these borders.
It is your duty under these conditions to conquer everywhere, always and soldierly of each service, which can contribute to achieve or accelerate the victory over the enemy.
In order achieve the above, but also because of a desire to allow the surplus of our officers perform their functions in Great Britain, which is, unfortunately, not possible - led me to the acceptance of proposals by the British authorities to commit a certain number of officers of the Polish Army for service in the British colonial forces on the principles of full equality with serving in the armies of the British people.
This service, of course, will be credited towards active military service in the Polish Army during the war.
Saying goodbye to present officers, departing to the British forces to fight for common goals and with a common enemy - I wish those soldiers luck and strongly believe that, by remembering the words "Honor and Fatherland", remembering our banners, and the beautiful Polish tradition of soldiers' - everywhere and all circumstances their attitude, courage, discipline and camaraderie will worthily represent the Polish name in the ranks of the Allied Army.
These honorable objectives and awareness that serve the Fatherland will not stop, let their will be inspired to fight and work daily, encouraged in moments of doubt, and follow the Guiding Star in their return to Great, Free and, God-willing, happy Poland.
Head of Cabinet of the Supreme Commander
and Minister of Military Affairs
/ - / Sikorski
General of Arms
More to follow…