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Re: Poland exhumes wartime leader's body for DNA tests

I should not have written “those” for survivors. The pilot survived the crash and testified in the inquiry. If memory serves, some dozen and a half passengers perished. The evidence was that there was mechanical failure to some of the control surfaces. It was nothing extraordinary in a time when tens of thousands of planes were flying in difficult conditions; with marginal service at best.

Re: Poland exhumes wartime leader's body for DNA tests

My grandfather was a history professor in Poland before bailing to the Land of the Free.
He served under Sikorski during WWII and he remained convinced until his death that “The General” was murdered, citing continued British reluctance to make the records surrounding his death public. Shortly after he died, British government postponed the release of those documents by another 50 years.

I personally have never studied this so I have no idea…but the prevalent theory seems to be that Sikorski was the only Polish leader who had direct access to Stalin, hence he was creating problems for the British who wanted to end the war as quickly as possible.

Anyway – it really doesn’t matter at this point.

Re: Poland exhumes wartime leader's body for DNA tests

The Soviets did have British agents in Gibraltar.
The idea of the British govt assassinating Sikorski on Stalin's orders is risible though. The only high-level assassination the British did during the war was Reinhard Heydrich in Czechoslovakia.

Stalin was not treated as a friend by Churchill. True, the British should have shouted louder at Russian plans in eastern Europe and should have treated stranded foreign servicement with more dignity, but they never viewed Stalin as "a Christian gentleman" like Roosevelt did.