A rare original photo of the Freston mission team.
Operation Freston was the last SOE operation in Poland during WW2. After months of prevarication and delay on 26 December 1944, the Freston Mission to the Home Army finally landed in Poland and made contact with the Underground. The mission never achieved its objective: its members were captured by the Soviets and handed over to the NKVD, who treated them not as allies but as prisoners. This mission was requested by Polish PM Mikołajczyk in February 1944, and had it not been delayed might have improved intelligence and liaison prior to the Rising later that year.