Almost 35 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. Since that time, Poland is one of the leading countries, when it comes to military participation in peacekeeping missions.
More than 900 our soldiers and civilian personnel serving in nine-five peacekeeping missions around the world, and Poland is now one of the largest “shareholders” in UN peacekeeping missions.
So long missionary training and experience made, Poland is eager seen wherever there is a need to send soldiers in blue berets.
The first Polish participation in international missions dates back to the year 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 (Foot. higher), who was there from November 1973 to January 1980 in the strength of 822 do 1026 soldiers. This quota logistic provide a wide range of. 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, and engineering for the subdivision of land mine clearance.
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. The consisted of a (and continues to fall) sanitary and epidemiological laboratory.
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, due to the general withdrawal of the quotas of the mission oenzetowskich, NEC Lebanon began to withdraw to the country. 27 company ceased operations in October maneuvering, 10 November flew the first group of soldiers, 1 December POLLOG officially handed over the responsibility of the Danish battalion logistics and 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):
|MONUSCO||Democratic Republic of the Congo||3||expert|
|UNMIL||Liberia||3 + 1||police + 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.
|2||ICSC||Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia||1954-1975||1928|
|10||“Desert Storm”||Saudi Arabia||1990-1991||393|
|20||UNTAC / UNML||Cambodia||1992-1994||1254|
|29||UNAVEM II / III||Angola||1995-1997||14|
|31||IFOR||Bosnia and Herzegovina||1996||931|
|35||OSCE||Bosnia and Croatia||1996-1998||141|
|39||SFOR||Bosnia and Herzegovina||1997-||3260|
|41||OSCE||Bosnia and Herzegovina||1998-1999||2|
|45||UNMIBH||Bosnia and Herzegovina||1999-||3|
|58||Air Policing||The Baltic States||2006||86|