By Edward Topol
For a person seeking to converse successfully and impressively in Russian, Dermo! presents the basic vocabulary and anecdotes on such topics as intercourse, politics, company, and literature. A funny consultant to daily Russian, Dermo! is replete with phrases, idioms, and words, together with vulgarisms, by no means utilized in literary classics yet continuously heard on Russia's streets.
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59 Turkish co-operation with the Allies would only come about as a result of major events and political shifts, in which case the Balkan front, so advantageous to the Poles, would most probably be the least of the Allies' concerns. Sokolnicki advised that the government should look at the direction in which allied thinking was developing and not view minor military theatres in separation from the whole. The formation of the Polish government-in-exile 25 His perceived need to place Polish units in geographical locations which could serve as a springboard for the Balkan front led to Sikorski's efforts to create a number of Polish units, including an air force, in the Middle East.
38 By 24 January Sikorski had formulated his ideas on the subject. The Soviet-Finnish conflict offered an opportunity to draw the British and French, who so far appeared ambivalent on the subject of the Soviet Union, into war with Poland's other enemy. By 21 February the Poles had warmed to the project. By then they had considered what they thought were the extensive political advantages, rather than just the localized military benefits, of aiding the Finns. As the Polish Chiefs of Staff aide-memoire on the subject stated: The formation of the Polish government-in-exile 19 Polish participation in aiding Finland has a dual political meaning: 1.
In the elaboration of war plans imperial and global interests would inevitably take priority over European interests. There was no reason for the Poles to think that Britain would take as lively an interest in the East European balance of power as France had. It could be argued, as the Poles did, that France's interest in East European affairs was never constant; nor was it necessarily favourable to Polish interests. Nevertheless, French foreign policy and strategic priorities always took into account the need for some form of Eastern front.
Dermo!: the real Russian Tolstoy never used by Edward Topol