Polish General Staff

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Chief of the General Staff
Szef Sztabu Generalnego Wojska Polskiego
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Emblem of the PGS
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Incumbent
LTG Rajmund Andrzejczak

since 2 July 2018
Polish Armed Forces
Member ofGeneral Staff of the Polish Armed Forces
Reports toMinister of National Defence
AppointerPresident of Poland
Term length3 years
Formation28 October 1918
First holderTadeusz Jordan-Rozwadowski

Polish General Staff, also the General Staff of the Polish Armed Forces (Polish: Sztab Generalny Wojska Polskiego) is the highest professional body within the Polish Armed Forces. Organizationally, it is a part of the Ministry of National Defence. It was created in 1918, and for a time bore the name Main Staff (Sztab Główny). Currently the position of Chief of the General Staff of the Polish Armed Forces (Szef Sztabu Generalnego Wojska Polskiego) is LTG Rajmund Andrzejczak, since 2 July 2018.[1]

History and structure[edit]

On 25 October 1918, a decision was made to establish the directorate of the chief of staff of the Polish Army. In 1928 the General Headquarters of the Polish Army was established, known commonly as the at the time as the Main Staff (Sztab Główny). In September 1939, during the Invasion of Poland by the Wehrmacht and the Red Army, all the institutions of the General Staff ceased to function and were transferred to joint German and Soviet. control. On 8 August 1944, the General Command of the Polish Army was created and on 1 January 1945, the National Council of Poland decided to establish the General Staff of the Polish Army, the head of which was appointed Soviet-Polish General Vladislav Korchits.

The General Staff consists of the following organizational units in the Ministry of National Defence (MON):

  • Management Board of the Organization and Additions (P1)
  • Management of Intelligence and Reconnaissance Intelligence (P2)
  • Armed Forces Planning and Training Management Board (P3/P7)
  • Logistics Management (P4)
  • Management Board of Armed Forces Development Planning and Programming (P5)
  • Management and Command Board (P6)
  • Material Planning Board (P8)

List of Chiefs[edit]

Kingdom of Poland (1917–1918)[edit]

Head of the Inspectorate Took office Left office Time in office
1
Felix von Barth [pl]
von Barth, Felixgen. piech.
Felix von Barth [pl]
(1851–1931)
23 April 191719 October 191818 days
2
Henryk Minkiewicz
Minkiewicz, Henrykpłk
Henryk Minkiewicz
(1880–1940)
19 October 191828 October 19189 days
Chief of Staff Took office Left office Time in office
1
Tadeusz Jordan-Rozwadowski
Jordan-Rozwadowski, Tadeuszgen. ppor.
Tadeusz Jordan-Rozwadowski
(1866–1928)
28 October 191814 November 191817 days

Second Polish Republic (1918−1939)[edit]

Chief of the General Staff Took office Left office Time in office
1
Tadeusz Jordan-Rozwadowski
Jordan-Rozwadowski, Tadeuszgen. ppor.
Tadeusz Jordan-Rozwadowski
(1866–1928)
14 November 191815 November 19181 day
2
Stanisław Szeptycki
Szeptycki, Stanisławgen. broni
Stanisław Szeptycki
(1867–1950)
16 November 19187 February 191984 days
3
Stanisław Haller
Haller, Stanisławgen. ppor.
Stanisław Haller
(1872–1940)
8 February 191922 July 19201 year, 165 days
(1)
Tadeusz Jordan-Rozwadowski
Jordan-Rozwadowski, Tadeuszgen. por.
Tadeusz Jordan-Rozwadowski
(1866–1928)
22 July 19201 April 1921253 days
4
Władysław Sikorski
Sikorski, Władysławgen. dyw.
Władysław Sikorski
(1881–1943)
1 April 19216 December 19221 year, 249 days
5
Józef Piłsudski
Piłsudski, JózefPierwszy Marszałek Polski
Józef Piłsudski
(1867–1935)
17 December 19229 June 1923174 days
(3)
Stanisław Haller
Haller, Stanisławgen. dyw.
Stanisław Haller
(1872–1940)
9 June 192316 December 19252 years, 190 days
6
Edmund Kessler [pl]
Kessler, Edmundgen. bryg.
Edmund Kessler [pl]
(1880–1930)
16 December 192512 May 1926147 days
(3)
Stanisław Haller
Haller, Stanisławgen. dyw.
Stanisław Haller
(1872–1940)
12 May 192615 May 19263 days
7
Stanisław Burhardt-Bukacki [pl]
Burhardt-Bukacki, Stanisławgen. bryg.
Stanisław Burhardt-Bukacki [pl]
(1890–1942)
17 May 192628 June 192642 days
8
Tadeusz Piskor
Piskor, Tadeuszgen. bryg.
Tadeusz Piskor
(1889–1951)
28 June 19265 December 19315 years, 160 days
9
Janusz Gąsiorowski [pl]
Gąsiorowski, Januszgen. bryg.
Janusz Gąsiorowski [pl]
(1889–1949)
3 December 19317 June 19353 years, 186 days
9
Wacław Stachiewicz
Stachiewicz, Wacławgen. bryg.
Wacław Stachiewicz
(1894–1973)
7 June 193518 September 19394 years, 103 days

Polish government-in-exile (1939−1946)[edit]

Chief of the General Staff Took office Left office Time in office
1
Aleksander Kędzior [pl]
Kędzior, Aleksanderpłk
Aleksander Kędzior [pl]
(1897–1986)
7 November 19395 June 1940211 days
2
Tadeusz Klimecki
Klimecki, Tadeuszgen. bryg.
Tadeusz Klimecki
(1895–1943)
5 June 19404 July 1943 †3 years, 29 days
3
Stanisław Kopański
Kopański, Stanisławgen. dyw.
Stanisław Kopański
(1895–1976)
21 July 19433 September 19463 years, 44 days

Republic of Poland / People's Republic of Poland (1945−1989)[edit]

Chief of the General Staff Took office Left office Time in office
1
Władysław Korczyc
Korczyc, Władysławgen. broni
Władysław Korczyc
(1893–1966)
9 May 194518 January 19548 years, 254 days
-
Borys Pigarewicz [pl]
Korczyc, Władysławgen. broni
Borys Pigarewicz [pl]
(1898–1961)
Acting
18 January 195423 March 195464 days
2
Jerzy Bordziłowski
Bordziłowski, Jerzygen. broni
Jerzy Bordziłowski
(1900–1983)
23 March 19546 February 196510 years, 320 days
3
Wojciech Jaruzelski
Jaruzelski, Wojciechgen. dyw.
Wojciech Jaruzelski
(1923–2014)
6 February 196510 April 19683 years, 64 days
4
Bolesław Chocha [pl]
Chocha, Bolesławgen. dyw.
Bolesław Chocha [pl]
(1923–1987)
10 April 196811 January 19734 years, 276 days
5
Florian Siwicki
Siwicki, Floriangen. broni
Florian Siwicki
(1925–2013)
12 January 197321 November 198310 years, 313 days
6
Józef Użycki [pl]
Użycki, Józefgen. broni
Józef Użycki [pl]
(born 1932)
22 November 19831 January 19906 years, 40 days

Third Polish Republic (1990−present)[edit]

Chief of the General Staff Took office Left office Time in office
1
Józef Użycki [pl]
Użycki, Józefgen. dyw.
Józef Użycki [pl]
(born 1932)
1 January 199024 September 1990266 days
2
Zdzisław Stelmaszuk [pl]
Stelmaszuk, Zdzisławgen. broni
Zdzisław Stelmaszuk [pl]
(born 1936)
25 September 19904 August 19921 year, 314 days
3
Tadeusz Wilecki [pl]
Wilecki, Tadeuszgen. broni
Tadeusz Wilecki [pl]
(born 1945)
4 August 19929 March 19974 years, 216 days
4
Henryk Szumski [pl]
Szumski, Henrykgen.
Henryk Szumski [pl]
(1941–2012)
10 March 199729 September 20003 years, 203 days
5
Czesław Piątas
Piątas, Czesławgen. dyw.
Czesław Piątas
(born 1946)
30 September 200031 January 20065 years, 123 days
-
Mieczysław Cieniuch [pl]
Cieniuch, Mieczysławgen. broni
Mieczysław Cieniuch [pl]
(born 1951)
Acting
31 January 200627 February 200627 days
6
Franciszek Gągor
Gągor, Franciszekgen.
Franciszek Gągor
(1951–2010)
27 February 200610 April 2010 †4 years, 42 days
-
Mieczysław Stachowiak [pl]
Stachowiak, Mieczysławgen. broni
Mieczysław Stachowiak [pl]
(born 1952)
Acting
10 April 20107 May 201027 days
7
Mieczysław Cieniuch [pl]
Cieniuch, Mieczysławgen.
Mieczysław Cieniuch [pl]
(born 1951)
7 May 20106 May 20132 years, 364 days
8
Mieczysław Gocuł
Gocuł, Mieczysławgen.
Mieczysław Gocuł
(born 1963)
7 May 201331 January 20173 years, 269 days
9
Leszek Surawski [pl]
Surawski, Leszekgen.
Leszek Surawski [pl]
(born 1960)
31 January 20172 July 20182 years, 191 days
10
Rajmund Andrzejczak [pl]
Andrzejczak, Rajmundgen. broni
Rajmund Andrzejczak [pl]
(born 1967)
2 July 2018Incumbent1 year, 39 days

Notes[edit]

See also[edit]

Badge for officers with an academic degree serving in the Polish General Staff (1918–1939).

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gen. Rajmund Andrzejczak zapowiada większą surowość w wojsku". Onet Wiadomości (in Polish). 2018-07-26. Retrieved 2018-08-20.

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