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    Defense Minister Emphasizes Need for a Strong Military to Prevent WWII Recurrence

    In a solemn commemoration event marking the 84th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II in the eastern city of Frampol, Poland’s Minister of Defence, Mariusz Blaszczak, delivered a powerful message reaffirming the nation’s commitment to preventing a recurrence of the tragic events that unfolded over eight decades ago.

    Addressing the gathered audience, Minister Blaszczak reflected on the harrowing history of September 1, 1939, when Poland found itself thrust into a global conflict. He spoke of Poland’s hopes for support from its allies during that turbulent time, only to be left to face the horrors of war alone. Drawing on the lessons of the past, Blaszczak emphasized that Poland is now taking proactive measures to ensure its security.

    “In 1939, we expected support from our allies. We were left alone, but we draw conclusions from these events,” stated Blaszczak. “Today, we are strengthening the Polish Army. We are aware that no one will give their lives for Poland if we are not ready to do so.”

    Blaszczak went on to outline the ongoing efforts to fortify Poland’s military capabilities, including the creation of new military units and strategic restructuring, such as the Zamosc Garrison’s Anti-Aircraft Regiment. He extended heartfelt appreciation to those who have volunteered for military service and joined the Territorial Defence Forces (WOT), highlighting their integral role in the nation’s defense strategy.

    The overarching goal, according to Blaszczak, is deterrence: “We are strengthening the Polish Army to deter the aggressor, so that the aggressor does not attack Poland. This is the doctrine of deterrence. This is precisely the action related to what, in turn, brings about the increase in the numbers of our army, which also brings about the equipping of the army with modern weapons.”

    In a poignant reminder of the past, Minister Blaszczak emphasized the primary motivation behind these efforts: “We are strengthening the Polish Army so that the tragedy that took place 84 years ago will never happen again.”

    Frampol, the city where this commemorative event took place, bears the scars of World War II deeply etched into its history. On September 13, 1939, the city was subjected to a devastating aerial bombardment by German planes, resulting in the destruction of more than 80 percent of its buildings. Today, the city serves as a poignant reminder of the cost of conflict and the unwavering commitment to preventing its recurrence.

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