The Politics of Global War: Poland Teeters D+14 Part II

Author’s Note: Apologies for being late and for this being a half post. Last couple of days have been intensely busy. I’ll finish up Poland tomorrow. Expect a lengthy post if time allows it, and then we move to the next theater. – Mike

Jaruzelski delivered the speech in his customary colorless tone, allowing the words to project the urgency of the moment, and the reasons behind the decisions he was about to reveal to the Polish people. He informed the populace of the ‘stunning betrayal at the hands of those who were once comrades.’ The plight of Poland’s paratroopers in Denmark was revealed. How the Soviets abandoned them without a second thought was emphasized more than once. The Polish leader even went as far as to directly compare the Soviet actions in Denmark to the Katyn Forest massacre in World War II, and the similarities between the two were not lost on the populace. Jaruzelski’s mention of Katyn was not calculated, however, it had an emotional effect on the millions of Poles who were watching the speech now, or would in the coming hours. Jaruzelski continued. The Polish People’s Republic’s armed forces were being ordered to stand down. All military units now serving abroad were being recalled. His next point was even more consequential, and earth shattering.

Poland was withdrawing from the Warsaw Pact alliance at 12 o’clock that afternoon. Events in Denmark, according to the Polish leader, had cemented the sad reality that Poland could never fully trust its neighbor to the east ever again. The Soviet Union had long treated Poland as little more than a vassal state.

Next, Jaruzelski announced new elections were to be held once circumstances allowed for it. A new coalition government would be formed and he was personally inviting Solidarity, as well as a handful of other pro-democracy leaning, but lesser known banned parties, would be invited to join the government. There was little room for misinterpretation in this message. It was strikingly clear. Poland’s future would decided by her people, not by a handful of men in the Kremlin.


10 Replies to “The Politics of Global War: Poland Teeters D+14 Part II”

  1. First of all, I have found this blog only recently and it was immense joy to dicover. Secondly, as a Pole myself growing up in 1980s as teenager, I can totally confirm plausibility of events. Thirdly, can’t wait for Soviet response since this basically blows up their entire supply line to Germany, all it needs is every Pole taking a wrench and dismantling nearest railway fragment… Talk about spanner in the works. Alarm bells in the Kremlin must have turned from “all men to stations” to “brace for impact” mode…

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    1. Thanks for the kind words, Pawel. You’re right, how the Soviets respond is going to reveal a lot. And right now it seems most Poles are picking up wrenches and getting ready to dismantled those rails. 🙂


  2. Now it is official, the Soviet can no longer win the war. May be they can avoid loosing…. The virus might very well spread to Lithuania. Estonia is probably already infected, Central Asia because of Afghanistan and so on. Uncle Erich might very well stay loyal to the Kremlin, but that does not make a difference. And I doubt, that the rest of the Pact has fought very enthusiastically, plus they will have suffered very heavy casualties. Look at the mess in all the other theatres. I simply do not see, how they can win now. In a way it reminds me of the German Empire in WW 1, overstretched and crumbling at the periphery. Other thoughts?

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    1. Thanks, Joachim. Poland might very well be the first Pact domino to fall. That was the Soviet’s prime concern in ’81, and almost led to an invasion. Good comparison between the Soviet empire in 87 and the Germans in WW I. A lot of similarities there. The big question now is how Poland’s neighbors are going to respond. If they follow suit, Moscow is in serious trouble.

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