General Inspector of the Armed Forces
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The General Inspector reported directly to the President, and was not responsible to the Sejm (parliament) or the government. In the event of war, the General Inspector was to become the Commander-in-chief of the Polish Armed Forces.
List of General Inspectors of the Armed Forces (1926–1980)
|1||Józef Piłsudski||1867–1935||Marshal of Poland||August 27, 1926||May 12, 1935||Died in office|
|2||Edward Rydz-Śmigły||1886–1941||Marshal of Poland||May 12, 1935||November 7, 1939||[nb 1]|
|3||Władysław Sikorski||1881–1943||Lt. General||November 7, 1939||July 4, 1943||Died in an airplane crash|
|4||Kazimierz Sosnkowski||1885–1969||Lt. General||July 8, 1943||September 30, 1944|
|5||Tadeusz Bór-Komorowski||1895–1966||Generał||September 30, 1944||October 2, 1944||1st Term|
|Władysław Anders||1892–1970||Lt. General||October 2, 1944||May 5, 1945||1st Term. Acting General Inspector of the Armed Forces|
|6||Tadeusz Bór-Komorowski||1895–1966||Generał||May 5, 1945||November 8, 1946||2nd Term|
|7||Władysław Anders||1892–1970||Lt. General||November 8, 1946||1954||2nd Term|
|8||Michał Karaszewicz-Tokarzewski||1893–1964||Lt. General||1954||May 22, 1964||Died in office|
|9||Stefan Dembiński||1887–1972||Divisional General||1964||March 27, 1972||Died in office|
|10||Stanisław Kopański||1895–1976||Divisional General||1972||March 23, 1976||Died in office|
|11||Zygmunt Bohusz-Szyszko||1893–1982||Divisional General||March 19, 1976||February 18, 1980|
|12||Bolesław Bronisław Duch||1885–1980||Divisional General||February 19, 1980||October 9, 1980||[nb 2]|
- 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).
- After Duch's death, in place of the GISZ, a Military Council was created, led by Major General Klemens Rudnicki.