Polish peacekeeping

Almost 45 years, First Polish military units took part in the peacekeeping operation in the framework of the UN in the Sinai peninsula. The mission was named UNEF II. Od tego czasu Polska była jednym z wiodących państw, when it comes to military participation in peacekeeping missions.

Długi staż misyjny i nabyte doświadczenia sprawiły, że Polska była chętnie widziana wszędzie tam gdzie istnieje potrzeba wysłania żołnierzy w błękitnych beretach.

Pierwszy udział Polaków w misjach międzynarodowych datuje się na rok 1953, when the communist government sent its observers to Korea. When 27 July 1953 The peace treaty was signed in Panmundżonie, Poles were part of two international truce supervisory committee. In these committees serve a total of more than 1000 Poles.

Initially, Polish military contingents mainly specialized in logistics tasks. The first of these was the UNEF II (United Nations Emergency Force) the Sinai Peninsula, who was there from November 1973 to January 1980 in the strength of 822 do 1026 soldiers. Kontyngent ten zapewniał zaplecze logistyczne misji. Polish Field Hospital (Polish Field Hospital & Clinics) was responsible for medical coverage. A logistic unit engaged in the provision of drinking water and food to all quotas, a mniejsza jednostka inżynieryjna odpowiadała za rozminowywanie terenu.

UNDOF (United Nations Disengagement Observer Force), deployed on the Golan Heights, is the second mission of the United Nations, where Poles entered the logistic unit (from June 1974 to December 1993).

The Polish contingent logistics (POLLOG) in strength 154 soldiers, was mainly responsible for the transport of water, food and other materials. W skład wchodziło też laboratorium sanitarno epidemiologiczne.

Since December 1993 , Poles seized (after the withdrawal of the Finns) operational tasks, while the Canadians took over the tasks of logistics.

Back to the country, the first group of soldiers last Polish contingent stationed in the Golan Heights took place 11 October 2009, other – 29 October, a 14. a group of liquidation – 18 November 2009 r. The last two Polish soldiers – Naval officers returned to the country 9 April 2010 completely closing the tab for the service history of the Polish Army in this corner of the world.

UNTAG (United Nations Transition Assistance Group) in Namibia. Poland sent there 390 strong contingent logistics (March 1989 to May 1990). Unit managed by the central storage depots and provided logistical support for the northern part of the mission. As in UNDOF-e, Poles shared the responsibilities of Canadians.

UNTAC (United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia). Poland sent the largest contingent of Cambodia battalion logistics and engineering tasks, in strength over 700 soldiers (from May 1992 to November 1993). Logistical tasks were mainly water supply, Food and fuel for operating units and management of major magazines. Our engineers repairing roads and bridges.

UNPROFOR (United Nations Protection Force). New stage of Polish involvement in UN peacekeeping missions, was involved in securing peace in the former Yugoslavia. Here, too, our soldiers appeared for the first time

operating as, patrolling the area monitored, protecting important installations, escorting humanitarian convoys, itd.

The mission lasted from April 1992 to May 1995 year, so the Polish battalion served in the UNPROFOR, and then for three years UNCRO.

Then, in the framework of NATO forces became part of the Nordic-Polish Brigade FIFG.

UNIFIL (United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon).
The UN mission in southern Lebanon is the largest military mission under the aegis of the United Nations. It is a mission which is the most Poles. The Polish contingent enters the battalion logistics, engineering company, repair company and a field hospital (a photo of the so-called Norwegian NCO. Hygine Team takes water to test) in strength 470 (Until recently, more than 600) soldiers. Quota provides logistical support for the mission of more than 4500 soldiers from ten countries around the world. Poles 1992 Swedes took over from a field hospital in the coming years to take over the battalion logistics and engineering company (also from Sweden, who completely withdraw) and ship repair company (the Norwegians, who withdrew last eliminating his battalion operating).

Late 2009, w związku z ogólnym wycofywaniem kontyngentów z misji ONZ, NEC Lebanon began to withdraw to the country. 27 company ceased operations in October maneuvering, 10 November flew the first group of soldiers, 1 grudnia POLLOG oficjalnie przekazał odpowiedzialność duńskiemu batalionowi logistycznemu a 6 December in Kielce was officially welcome NEC.

To this day,, more than 70 thousand. Polish troops took part in the 58 peacekeeping and humanitarian missions established and organized by various international organizations, mainly the United Nations. Today, Poland, unfortunately, is not taking part in UN peacekeeping missions, since engaged in NATO missions (Pakistan leads the more than 8000 soldiers in missions).

Poles in UN missions today (stan – October 2011):

Mission Country Number Type
MONUSCO Democratic Republic of the Congo 3 expert
UNAMA Afghanistan 1 expert
UNMIK Kosovo 1 expert
UNMIL Liberia 3 + 1 police + expert
Unambiguous Pd. Sudan 2 expert
UNOCI Cote d'Ivoire 4 expert

Detailed information is available at http://www.un.org/en/peacekeeping/resources/statistics/

Poles in peacekeeping missions – 1953-2007: to terminate the participation of Poles in the missions of players from year to year fell, np. in November 2009 we were in the UN missions in total 541 people, a month later, only 36. Today we have 15 Poles in UN missions.





Number of

1 NNSC Korea 1953 1065
2 ICSC Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia 1954-1975 1928
3 OTN Nigeria 1968-1970 5
4 ICCS Vietnam 1973-1976 650
5 UNEF II Egypt 1973-1979 11699
6 UNDOF Israel, Syria 1974- 9540
7 UNIIMOG Iraq, Iran 1988-1990 45
8 UNTAG Namibia 1989-1990 373
9 OSGAP Afghanistan, Pakistan 1990-1991 2
10 “Desert Storm” Saudi Arabia 1990-1991 393
11 UNAMIC Cambodia 1991-1992 2
12 UNGOMAP Afghanistan, Pakistan 1991-1993 1
13 OSCE b. Yugoslavia 1991-1994 4
14 UNIKOM Iraq, Kuwait 1991-2003 56
15 UNGCI Iraq 1991- 62
16 MINURSO Western Sahara 1991- 27
17 UNSCOM Iraq 1992- 8
18 UNIFIL Lebanon 1992- 7682
19 UNPROFOR b. Yugoslavia 1992-1995 3867
20 UNTAC / UNML Cambodia 1992-1994 1254
21 OSCE Georgia 1992- 9
22 OSCE Nagorno-Karabakh 1992-1993 1
23 UNOMIL Liberia 1993-1994 3
24 UNAMIR Rwanda 1993-1995 5
25 UNOMIG Georgia 1994- 26
26 EU b. Yugoslavia 1994- 2
27 MNF Haiti 1994-1995 56
28 UNCRO Croatia 1995 1064
29 UNAVEM II / III Angola 1995-1997 14
30 UNMOT Tajikistan 1995-2000 24
31 IFOR Bosnia and Herzegovina 1996 931
32 UNTAES Eastern Slovenia 1996-1997 10
33 UNPREDEP Macedonia 1996-1999 8
34 UNMOP Croatia 1996- 5
35 OSCE Bosnia and Croatia 1996-1998 141
36 OSCE Latvia 1996-1999 3
37 OSCE Croatia 1996-2000 5
38 MONUA Angola 1997-1998 8
39 SFOR Bosnia and Herzegovina 1997- 3260
40 OSCE Macedonia 1997-1998 2
41 OSCE Bosnia and Herzegovina 1998-1999 2
42 KVM Kosovo 1998-2000 4
43 AFOR Albania 1999 140
44 UNMIK Kosovo 1999 2
45 UNMIBH Bosnia and Herzegovina 1999- 3
46 KFOR Kosovo 1999- 1310
47 MONUC Congo 1999- 3
48 OSCE Kosovo 2000 19
49 OS KFOR Kosovo 2000 531
50 UNMEE Eritrea, Ethiopia 2000- 12
51 MIF Persian Gulf 2000-2001 6
52 “Alied Harmony” Macedonia 2001- 50
53 “Enduring Freedom” Kuwait 2002 40
54 Car Afghanistan 2002- 1340
55 Car Iraq 2003- 15700
56 “Swift Relief” Pakistan 2005 140
57 EUFOR Congo 2006-2007 131
58 Air Policing The Baltic States 2006 86
Together: 63759