This book, first published in 1941, is a witty and perceptive account of the mutual impact of Poles and Scots in wartime Scotland. The author discusses how a real affection grew out of initial misunderstanding: `[the Pole] took the other for a kind of Englishman, and was rewarded by being taken for a kind of Russian'. He records warm Scottish hospitality, and friendships in which each side tried to explain the complexities of their national history to the other.
Ksawery Pruszynski was a radical journalist who had lost his own home in what is now Byelorussia. After serving with the forces in Scotland, he became a diplomat and - although never a Communist - returned to Poland after the war to serve the new Communist-dominated government at the United Nations and then as ambassador to the Netherlands. But Soviet intelligence never trusted him, and in 1950 he was killed in a car crash in Germany which may not have been an accident.