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They wrote it this week: She’s a bit too excited about the stripper’s snake

Extracts from diaries and letters written between August 24 and August 30

Journalist

August 24

1944, London

The Polish uprising in Warsaw is a grim problem. They are fighting desperately against fearful odds. We and the Americans want to help in every possible way; in sending supplies we have been losing up to 30% of our aircraft. The Russians are deaf to all pleas and determined to wash their hands of it all. They have even refused to let American bombers land and refuel on Russian airfields if their purpose is to help Warsaw. Explanations: (1) Pique at the fact that they were seriously checked at the gates of Warsaw, (2) According to Prof. [Frederick Lindemann], a curious pride which makes them determined that other powers shall not do what they cannot do, (3) Fury at finding that the population of Warsaw and the underground movement are behind the Polish Government in London and do not support the puppet Moscow Polish National Liberation Committee...

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