Marshal of Poland

Marshal of Poland (Polish: Marszałek Polski) is the highest rank in the Polish Army. It has been granted to only six officers. At present, Marshal is equivalent to a Field Marshal or General of the Army (OF-10) in other NATO armies.[1]

Marshal of Poland
Marszałek Polski
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Rank flag of a Marshal of Poland
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Shoulder strap with the rank of Marshal of Poland
Country Poland
Service branch Polish Land Forces
RankFive-star
NATO rank codeOF-10
Formation19 March 1920

HistoryEdit

 
Buława of the Marshal of Poland

Today there are no living Marshals of Poland, since this rank is bestowed only on military commanders who have achieved victory in war. Recently, however, the rank of four-star with modernized name Generał has been introduced, and on August 15, 2002, was granted to Czesław Piątas, at present civilian, former Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Poland.

List of MarshalsEdit

In all, the following people have served as Marshals of Poland.

No. Portrait Name
(born-died)
Appointed Information
1   Józef Piłsudski
(1867–1935)
19 March 1920 First Marshal of Poland
2   Ferdinand Foch
(1851–1929)
13 April 1923 French general who was Supreme Allied Commander during World War I, also made Marshal of France and an honorary British Field Marshal
3   Edward Rydz-Śmigły
(1886–1941)
10 November 1936 Served as Marshal until World War II. He was a major figure during the invasion of Poland.
4   Michał Rola-Żymierski
(1890–1989)
3 May 1945 First Marshal of the People's Republic of Poland.
5   Konstanty Rokossowski
(1896–1968)
5 November 1949 Also Marshal of the Soviet Union.
6   Marian Spychalski
(1906–1980)
7 October 1963 Died in office.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Military Committee Land Standardization Board (25 February 2010). STANAG 2116 (6th ed.). NATO Standardization Agency. p. A-3.