Listen free for 30 days

  • Trail of Hope

  • The Anders Army, an Odyssey Across Three Continents
  • Written by: Norman Davies
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History, Military
  • 5.0 out of 5 stars (5 ratings)

Audible Membership

$14.95 a month

1 credit a month, good for any title to download and keep.
The Plus Catalogue—listen all you want to thousands of Audible Originals, podcasts, and audiobooks.
$14.95 a month plus applicable taxes after 30 day trial. Cancel anytime.
Buy Now for $37.53

Buy Now for $37.53

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Tax where applicable.

Publisher's Summary

Following the conquest of Poland by Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union in 1939, hundreds of thousands of Polish families were torn from their homes and sent eastward to the arctic wastes of Siberia. Prisoners of war, refugees, those regarded as "social criminals" by Stalin's regime, and those rounded up by sheer chance were all sent "to see the Great White Bear".

However, with Hitler's invasion of the Soviet Union in Operation Barbarossa just two years later, Russia and the Allied powers found themselves on the same side once more. Turning to those that it had previously deemed "undesirable", Russia sought to raise a Polish army from the men, women, and children that it had imprisoned within its labor camps.

In this remarkable work, renowned historian Professor Norman Davies draws from years of meticulous research to recount the compelling story of this unit, the Polish II Corps or "Anders Army", and their exceptional journey from the Gulag of Siberia through Iran, the Middle East, and North Africa to the battlefields of Italy to fight shoulder-to-shoulder with Allied forces. Complete with firsthand accounts from the men and women who lived through it, this is a unique record of one of the most fascinating episodes of World War II.

©2015 Norman Davies (P)2018 Tantor

What listeners say about Trail of Hope

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    5
  • 4 Stars
    0
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Performance
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    4
  • 4 Stars
    0
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Story
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    4
  • 4 Stars
    0
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

A story that needs to be told...

This is an excellent book. Well written (as one would expect from Professor Davies) and superbly narrated by Derek Perkins. Take the time...you won't regret it.

1 person found this helpful

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Peter Chmiel
  • 2019-09-24

Amazing story of Polish peoples and never giving up hope for free Poland.

The detail in this book is really amazing as it takes you through the unbelievable and heartbreaking story during and after World War Two. A must read or listen in order to get a full understanding of the Second World War.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Dragoon
  • 2022-02-01

A deeply important account of the Polish struggle

In many ways it is an important telling of polish deporties with communist oppression

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • JEL
  • 2020-04-25

amazing story of struggle and survival during Ww2

narrator was very good. pronunciation of Polish names and locations was not that good, but only someone who knows polish would notice

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Chris Zwolinski
  • 2020-10-27

History that most do not know, but should.

This is a great account of the struggles of Poland during the Second World War. The betrayals and the sacrifices of the Poles who were driven from homes who fought for their motherland, many never to return home again because of death or the betrayal of the US, Britain and Russia.
While I am a little biased because I'm a child of a former Deportee / Slave Camp, / Army veteran / survivor, It still filled in many holes through my families' history and journey to their ultimate exiled homes.

I wish there were maps and pictures available and will check out the hard cover version.