Civil War 12-15 May 1926 r.

Civil War 12-15 May 1926 r.

Piłsudski welcomed the new government with an insulting article in "Kurier Poranny" from 11 May. Article, though confiscated, broke up. That evening, groups of agitators in uniform and plain clothes rushed into cafes cheering for the marshal and forcing them to play the "Brigade". Next day, on Tuesday, regiments quietly concentrated by Żeligowski in Rembertów (under the guise of "leading out of the field") began their march to Warsaw. A false rumor has been thrown at them, that someone was shelling a villa in Sulejówek. On the Poniatowski Bridge, President Wojciechowski blocked the way for Piłsudski, who was marching rebels, and called on him to disarm. He did not obey the order, but he did not dare to attack the heads of state directly. So he directed the offensive on the Kierbedź Bridge and this is where he forced the entrance to Warsaw. The city was amazed, authorities confused, Diet in a crossover. A combat front was established along Aleje Jerozolimskie, the main fights took place for the airport. The government and the law were defended by a small handful: cadets led by Col.. Paszkiewicz, the president's personal squadron, a few more regiments and airmen. But the Piłsudians overwhelmed the communications service and gathered reinforcements from everywhere, e.g.. army of Rydz-Śmigły from Vilnius. The decision was in the hands of the socialists. Those for a long time (recently in brochures about the Commander-in-Chief and the Great Man in Poland) he was in favor of the assassin Daszyński, and especially the railwaymen were attracted to this side by Adam Kuryłowicz. Yes, with the help of agitated and partially armed street elements, with the complete passivity of the older generation of Varsovians, before the country could speak, Piłsudski broke the resistance of the government. Wojciechowski moved back from Belweder to Wilanów. The expected relief from Krakow got stuck in Częstochowa, where the faithless general detained her. Sikorski did not leave Lviv, partially paralyzed by the disobedience of his subordinates, partly, as he said, to keep Ukrainians in their hands. Greater Poland reacted most strongly to the rebellion. From there, gen. Langner, Żymierski, Ładoś led considerable forces, breaking the resistance of the striking and sabotaging railwaymen, and they had already approached Ożarów, when the terrible news of the government surrender spread. The president rejected the degrading step even bravely, but the opinion prevailed in the government, that further resistance could expose the state to catastrophe. Was it a justified concern?? There is no evidence that the Germans or the Ukrainians are ready to take advantage of our civil war; the communists undoubtedly acted on Piłsudski's side, but even they, given the state of Soviet affairs at the time, were not more dangerous than, for example,. in year 1918. It seems certain, however, that the Polish left, and especially the socialist party, drunk with victory, was ready, in the event of contracting government supporters from Poznań or Kraków, continue strikes and disturbances – regardless of the good of the state. This explains the fact, that Dmowski, coming from abroad, he used all the influence, to calm the tumbling Wielkopolska. "You have to think about Poland" – was the title of his article. Trąmpczyński acted in the same way.

The East has triumphed over the West. The Left trampled down parliamentary democracy and took all the consequences of this turn.

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