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The Polish Officer: A Novel av Alan Furst
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The Polish Officer: A Novel (urspr publ 1995; utgåvan 2001)

av Alan Furst (Författare)

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September 1939. As Warsaw falls to Hitler's Wehrmacht, Captain Alexander de Milja is recruited by the intelligence service of the Polish underground. His mission: to transport the national gold reserve to safety, hidden on a refugee train to Bucharest. Then, in the back alleys and black-market bistros of Paris, in the tenements of Warsaw, with partizan guerrillas in the frozen forests of the Ukraine, and at Calais Harbor during an attack by British bombers, de Milja fights in the war of the shadows in a world without rules, a world of danger, treachery, and betrayal.… (mer)
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Titel:The Polish Officer: A Novel
Författare:Alan Furst (Författare)
Info:Random House Trade Paperbacks (2001), Edition: Reprint, 320 pages
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The Polish Officer av Alan Furst (1995)

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The Polish Officer is the eighth novel in the series of historical, espionage novels set in Europe in the 1930s and 40s. The action of this story begins with the start of World War II and the invasion of Poland from the West by Hitler's Germany and from the East by Stalin's Soviet Union. The protagonist is Captain Alexander de Milja, of Polish Military Intelligence, a cartographer by trade, who is in charge of the Military Intelligence personnel defending the Warsaw Telephone Exchange.

De Milja is called away from the Exhange for a meeting with Colonel Anton Vyborg, who played a supporting role in another Furst novel, The Spies of Warsaw. Vyborg recruits de Milja to lead a mission whose purpose is to remove all of Poland's gold reserves out of the country before the Germans can get their hands on them. The plan is to commander a train and hide $11,400,000 worth of gold ingots in crates under the floorboards of the train and head south for the Romanian border. From Romania another group will take over and move the gold to Paris. While en route they encounter a gang of Ukrainian bandits bent on thievery and mayhem. De Milja, with the aid of some of the more daring and capable passengers, is able to rout the bandits and accomplish his mission. (In the miniseries version of The Spies of Warsaw this same episode occurs at end of the story with Colonel Vyborg and the Frenchman, Jean-Francois Mercier, leading the mission.)

After a stay in Bucharest that afforded a respite from the war, de Mija makes his way back to Poland and performs a little disinformation work designed to boost Polish morale and heads for Stockholm, hidden away on a ship for seventy hours. He makes his way to Paris just in time for the collapse of the French army in June 1940. While in France he gets to play a significant role in thwarting the planned German invasion of England.

Like all of Alan Furst's novels, The Polish Officer, reflects a great deal of study in the history of Europe in the 1930s and 40s, its geography, the politics of the various nations, and the character of the peoples. The writing is polished, the character descriptions are excellent, and the pace of the action is rapid. It is an excellent read, informative as well as entertaining. He is without peer as a novelist of the genre and of the period. ( )
  citizencane | Jun 10, 2024 |
I had no idea that the Poles fought so persistently against the Germans. I wonder if Polish jokes are part of the Soviet attempt to wear them down.
  ritaer | Jun 9, 2024 |
Deeply disappointed after all the exuberant reviews. I didn't like his writing style which consisted of far too many sentence fragments, or incomplete sentences, or whatever you call them. Used sparingly they can have an effect. But used all the time they become annoying -- at least they did to me.

The plot was OK, ho hum. It started out so-so and then petered out. Why go to so much trouble and loss to save that sargeant if only to learn his story? It wasn't much of a story -- certainly no useful information. Many plot elements didn't hold up well. I guess that's the price you pay for reading so many non-fiction secret agent/spy stories. The real ones make the fictional ones look very pale. I did get to the end, but it was a race to finish so I could go on to something else.

I must add something after reading some of the other reviews. What this book does do is give a background of the war that many others do not -- what the Polish government and people did, how Poland and Russia and Germany related to each other. Most books written from the viewpoint of the West do not bring in the viewpoint of the East. ( )
  dvoratreis | May 22, 2024 |
Alan Furst is the King of the noir World War II espionage novel. His characters, brave, cynical, but still full of human compassion are unforgettable, and he captures the murky atmosphere of Eastern Europe perfectly. In this novel we follow Captain Alexander de Milja from transporting all the gold in the Polish treasury to the West, to working as a spy in occupied France, to a desk job with the Polish government in exile in London, to finally back on the Eastern front taking a last stand against the Whermacht. It’s not going to end well for him we sense, but we know that he is a brave man of principle. I can’t wait to read another one of his books. ( )
  etxgardener | Jul 5, 2022 |
Good, but not up to the best in this series. The coincidences are a little too improbable. The character depth is not a strong. ( )
  Michael_Lilly | Jul 4, 2022 |
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In Poland, on the night of 11 September 1939, Wehrmacht scout and commando units - elements of Kuechler's Third Army Corps - moved silently around the defenses of Novy Dvor, crossed the Vistula over the partly demolished Jablonks Bridge, and attempted to capture the Warsaw Telephone Exchange at the northern edge of the city.
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September 1939. As Warsaw falls to Hitler's Wehrmacht, Captain Alexander de Milja is recruited by the intelligence service of the Polish underground. His mission: to transport the national gold reserve to safety, hidden on a refugee train to Bucharest. Then, in the back alleys and black-market bistros of Paris, in the tenements of Warsaw, with partizan guerrillas in the frozen forests of the Ukraine, and at Calais Harbor during an attack by British bombers, de Milja fights in the war of the shadows in a world without rules, a world of danger, treachery, and betrayal.

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