General Inspector of the Armed Forces

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General Inspector of the Armed Forces (Polish: Generalny Inspektor SZbrojnych; GISZ) was an office created in Poland in 1926. The General Inspector reported directly to the President, and was not responsible to the Sejm or the government. In the event of war, the General Inspector was to become the Commander-in-Chief.

List of General Inspectors of the Armed Forces (1926-1980)[edit]

# Name Image Born–Died Rank Start End Note
1 Józef Piłsudski Jozef Pilsudski.jpg 1867–1935 Marshal of Poland August 27, 1926 May 12, 1935 Died in office
2 Edward Rydz-Śmigły Marshal Rydz-Smigly LOC hec 27123.jpg 1886–1941 Marshal of Poland May 12, 1935 November 7, 1939 (see note 1)
3 Władysław Sikorski Wladyslaw Sikorski 2.jpg 1881–1943 Lt. General November 7, 1939 July 4, 1943 Died in an airplane crash
4 Kazimierz Sosnkowski Sosnkowski Kazimierz.jpg 1885–1969 Lt. General July 8, 1943 September 30, 1944
5 Tadeusz Bór-Komorowski Tadeusz Bor Komorowski.jpg 1895–1966 Generał September 30, 1944 October 2, 1944 1st Term
Władysław Anders Wladyslaw Anders.jpg 1892–1970 Lt. General October 2, 1944 May 5, 1945 1st Term. Acting General Inspector of the Armed Forces
6 Tadeusz Bór-Komorowski Tadeusz Bor Komorowski.jpg 1895–1966 Generał May 5, 1945 November 8, 1946 2nd Term
7 Władysław Anders Wladyslaw Anders.jpg 1892–1970 Lt. General November 8, 1946 1954 2nd Term
8 Michał Karaszewicz-Tokarzewski Michał Karaszewicz.JPG 1893–1964 Lt. General 1954 May 22, 1964 Died in office
9 Stefan Dembiński GenDemb.jpg 1887–1972 Divisional General 1964 March 27, 1972 Died in office
10 Stanisław Kopański Kopanski Stanislaw.jpg 1895–1976 Divisional General 1972 March 23, 1976 Died in office
11 Zygmunt Bohusz-Szyszko Gen Bohusz-Szyszko.jpg 1893–1982 Divisional General March 19, 1976 February 18, 1980
12 Bolesław Bronisław Duch GeneralDuch.jpg 1885–1980 Divisional General February 19, 1980 October 9, 1980 (see note 2)
  • notes:
  1. After Rydz-Śmigły went into exile on September 18, 1939, all General Inspectors were in exile (and increasingly connected with educational activities such as cooperation with the Polish Institute and Sikorski Museum)
  2. After Duch's death, in place of the GISZ, a Military Council was created, led by Maj. Gen. Klemens Rudnicki.

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