In Paris, Retinger made the rounds of the Polish émigré leadership and implored them to undertake no action which would associate the Poles with support of France in the war, but rather to adopt an entirely neutral disposition. This impassioned effort made a particularly negative impression on those Poles who were already attempting to raise Polish volunteers to join the French war effort. 1 Retinger regarded his first mission in wartime London to get Polish internees released – Russian Poles were regarded as Russians and not interned. It was this task which brought him to the British Prime Minister. 2