General Wladyslaw Anders, commanding the Polish Army in Italy, flew to London from his headquarters last week. He was turned away from the Savoy by a clerk who had never heard of him, finally found a room elsewhere. Two days later he sat grimly listening to Foreign Secretary Ernest Bevin explain that the Anders army must be disbanded at once.
Bevin was blunt: the Polish heroes of Cassino and a hundred other battlefields had become a political embarrassment. The Russians were thundering that they constituted a British-sponsored threat to the...