Commander of the Polish Army during WWI and the Polish-Soviet war. In 1939, he was named Commander-in-Chief of all Polish forces.
We should not neglect German and Soviet announcements about the non-aggression pact between the countries. Such a demonstration is ideologically expensive for both parties. Under these conditions, it is hard to believe that this is happening without a deeper purpose. Hitler certainly has an eye to intimidate us and possibly get ready for a war with us.
Yesterday's celebrations in Krakow, and the speech of Marshal Rydz-Śmigły in particular, have been met on the pages of the English press most favourably.
The Times devotes a long introductory article to the speech, where it stressed the following: "Yesterday all of Poland, and Krakow in particular, celebrated the anniversary of the historic march of Piłsudski’s legions from Krakow who earlier in the century, 25 years ago, decided to fight for this Poland, which did not even yet exist”.
We do not harbor aggressive intentions towards anyone. This is clear and there is no doubt, as there is no doubt that we will oppose by all means and without hesitation any direct or indirect violation of the interests, rights, and dignity of our country.
It gives me great pleasure to state with deep feelings and soldierly reciprocity that Poland has honest friends among the nations, who understand the cause and who have clarified their position towards us. See more
Our position in regards to Danzig has been clearly stated. The city has been over the centuries associated with Poland, and is the beating heart of our economy.
It wasn't us who raised the Danzig issue, we are not withdrawing from our commitments and our conduct will be proportionate to the actions of the other party.
Be warned! Poland will repulse direct and indirect attacks! Chief Marshal Edward Śmigły-Rydz's important speech from Krakow.
In the whole country preparations are going on for the holiday of August 6. Marshal Śmigły-Rydz is supposed to give a speech at the legionnaires' celebration in Krakow tomorrow.