What is the Polish opinion about the fact that the 1st Polish Parachute Brigade never got to fight in Poland because ?
You must remember that the communist rulers of Poland would not allow such facts to be widely known in Poland. For example, I have heard that the Russians did not allow the use of Russian airfields in the context of the proposed Allied Forces help to the Warsaw Uprising, but not specifically with the 1st Polish Parachute forces. Of course, the Bitwa pod Arnheim
name widely is known here, although it is perhaps less known than the Bitwa pod Monte Cassino
I was very much surprised when I once entered a bookshop in Warsaw with a visiting Dutch friend of mine and he, having spotted a Polish book about the battle of Arhem, opened it and seemed to know everything about the battle and particularly about the Polish presence in the battle. When I asked him where he got to know all about this, he told me that he knew it from his relatives and their friends who constantly told him stories about that battle. He praised the Polish soldiers of the battle very much and said almost everybody in the Netherlands knew of their role in it. It seems that ordinary Dutch people know more about it than - as you say - television programmes are keen to tell them.