World War II did not start to overthrow Hitler, save the world from Fascism or even stop the Holocaust. All these were noble goals and the defeat of Hitler's many evils was worth the horrible cost. However, the war did not accomplish its original goal. The Allies failed to free Poland.
Key portions of the announcement of war to the British people stated
Instead the Allies stood by as Hitler and the Soviet Union conquered Poland. It was only the end of the Moscow-Berlin coalition which allowed the West to unite with the Soviet Union and pretend the war was to defeat Germany vice restoring the old order.
I cannot blame the Allies for not trying to liberate Poland when the balance of power was so much against them.
|Me in a historical geography briefing: I do not think you understand. There are more Soviet-controlled Romanian and Polish puppet armies than British and Canadian armies. Image from Wikipedia|
It took a reformist government in Moscow, an anti-Communist alliance between the United Kingdom and the United States, and a Polish pope to finally free Eastern Europe in the late 1980s. Fortunately this delayed liberation saw very little bloodshed.
Victory against Nazi Germany was a great stepping stone in the long war to free Europe from tyranny But it was not the end. While I can feel good about the defeat of side of evil, I cannot forget a second evil merely took over from the first.