Anders' Order of the Day for July 6, 1945, was written just after the British and US Governments had given
their recognition to the Soviet-backed Polish government in Warsaw, and retracted recognition from the legal
Polish government-in-exile in London. The speech which follows is a bitter verbal attack on the policy of the
Allies and expressed the Polish feeling that the sacrifice they had made in the war must not be allowed
to go in vain.
Men, I am turning to you at a period of extreme difficulty and of far-reaching
importance. The Governments of the Western Powers have decided to recognise the
so-called Provisional Government of National Unity imposed on Poland by her
occupation and thus to withdraw recognition from the legal Government of the Polish
Republic in London. The World Powers by-pass our constitution and our lawful
authorities, and in accepting the present circumstances, they have agreed to the fait
accomplish created with regard to Poland and the Poles by a foreign force.
Men, at this moment we are the only part of the Polish Nation which is able, and has
the duty, loudly to voice its will, and just for this reason we must prove today by word
and by deed that we are faithful to our oath of allegiance, true to our citizen's duty
towards our country, and faithful to the last wish of our fallen comrades in arms, who
fought and died for an independent, sovereign and truly free Poland....
Our country, deprived of the rights of speech, looks towards us. It wishes to see us in
the land of our ancestors - to that end we are striving and longing from the bottom of
our hearts - but it does not want to see us as slaves of a foreign force; It wants to see us
with our banners flying as forerunners of true freedom.
As such a return is impossible today we must wait in closed and disciplined ranks for a
favourable change of conditions. This change must come, or otherwise all the terrible
and bloody sacrifices of the whole world, suffered throughout six years, will have been
in vain. It is impossible to imagine that humanity has suddenly become blind and has
really lost the consciousness of a mortal danger....
We will fulfill our duty towards our country and its lawful authorities!
Long live the glorious Republic of Poland!
SPEECH BY GENERAL WLADYSLAW ANDERS
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