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V) Incredibly, the British and American governments still failed to realise the political stakes for which the Soviet Union was really playing – the unquestioning acceptance of Russian demands on Polish territory and the Baltic States. , over Katyn – they sought solace in the Russian use of the word “interrupt” instead of “break off ” relations with Poland. (As if there could be any doubting the Russian intentions now. 79 Had they prepared an alternative one in Moscow, then? 82 For the next four weeks the British and American governments tried to visualise some form of tame Polish Government in London that would not give the Russians cause for more offence.
The result was a Whitehall farce without precedent in diplomacy, and a hilarious opening to a day that was to end in tragedy. The British Governor had no difficulty in choosing which of the two prospective guests he preferred. 4 He could then fly straight on to Cairo a few hours after his arrival. M. on this Saturday afternoon; General Mason-Macfarlane asked Lubienski to meet him on the airfield then. 5 His papers and partly completed memoirs reveal him first as military attaché in a succession of key capitals of European prewar intrigue, then as the Director of Military Intelligence in France in 1940, and latterly as the head of the British Military Mission in Moscow, appointed immediately after the German invasion in June 1941.
70 The text of this morbid poster was cabled to Berlin by a CounterIntelligence unit in Cracow on April 20, 1943. Admiral Canaris arranged for copies to be distributed under a “secret” classification, but on no account was it to be leaked out to the press, as it might completely reverse the propaganda effect of Katyn. As it was, the propaganda triumph for the Germans was now complete. 71 The Germans had succeeded in discrediting the Soviet Government in the eyes of the world and briefly raised the spectre of a ruthless Bolshevik monster rampaging across the territories of Western civilisation; moreover they had forged the unwilling General Sikorski into a tool with which they now had a slender chance of prising the Great Powers out of their unholy Alliance with Russia.
Accident - the Death of General Sikorski by David Irving