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Accession Number ADA566622
Title Poland: Lone Eagle over Europe.
Publication Date May 2012
Media Count 62p
Personal Author P. A. Rozumski
Abstract The military defeat of Poland in 1939 was not the result of fighting the combined armies of Germany and the Soviet Union. Rather, the failure can be attributed to Poland's political hubris of pursuing two strategic imperatives, independence from Russia and regional dominance in Eastern Europe, using primarily military means. This monograph examines how Poland used its military to achieve its strategic imperatives across four time-periods in its history spanning 1764 to 1939. The specific time-periods are as follows: (1) 1764-1918, the partitions of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth to the Second Polish Republic; (2) 1918-1926, the Treaty of Riga to Jozef Pilsudski's coup; (3) Pilsudski's coup to Pilsudski's death; and (4) the rise of the Nazi war machine to Poland's military failure. Using the diplomatic, informational, military, and economic (DIME) methodology as an instrument of analysis, the monograph reveals that Poland was a militaristic state that followed French military theory and doctrine. However, for a brief period when at war with the Russians, a unique Polish theory and doctrine emerged. There is evidence that Poland used operational art as an approach to defeat the Russians in an unexpected fashion. Unfortunately, due to insufficient means to support the military, the Poles endeared themselves to the French during the interwar period and abandoned their emergent operational art in favor of an obsolete and ineffective French tradition. The implications are clear. Strategic imperatives shaped by the political authority of a nation directly impact the development and use of a nation's military.
Keywords Dime(Diplomatic informational military and economic)
Duchy of warsaw
First world war
Interwar period
King stanislaw augustus poniatowski
Military doctrine
Military forces(Foreign)
Military history
Nazi war machine
Operational art
Pilsudski jozef
Polish-lithuanian commonwealth
Polish-russian war
Second world war
Strategic imperatives
Use of military forces

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 92E - International Relations
92D - Education, Law, & Humanities
74G - Military Operations, Strategy, & Tactics
Corporate Author Army Command and General Staff Coll., Fort Leavenworth, KS. School of Advanced Military Studies.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note Monograph.
NTIS Issue Number 1307
Contract Number N/A

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