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Siły Zbrojne Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej ("Armed Forces of the Republic of Poland", abbreviated SZ RP; popularly, Wojsko Polskie, abbreviated WP—roughly, the "Polish Military") are the national defense forces of Poland. The name has been used since the early 19th century, but can also be applied to earlier periods.

The Armed Forces of the Republic of Poland the Army (Wojska Lądowe RP), Navy (Marynarka Wojenna RP), Air Force (Siły Powietrzne RP) and Special Forces (Wojska Specjalne RP) and are under the command of the Ministry of National Defense (Ministerstwo Obrony Narodowej).As of 2009, Poland has the world's twenty-first highest level of military expenditure, according to SIPRI. Polish soldiers have been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, and 22 Polish soldiers were killed in Iraq between the invasion of 2003 and Poland's pull-out in 2008.


Main articles: History of the Polish Army, Armia Krajowa (Home Army), Polish contribution to World War II.

The modern day Wojsko was created in 1918 from elements of the three separate Russian, Austro-Hungarian, and Prussian armies, and armed with equipment left following World War I. The force expanded during the Polish-Soviet War of 1919–1922 to nearly 800,000 men, but then was reduced when peace was reestablished. During the Second World War, on September 1, 1939 the force was nearly one million men strong, but was overwhelmed by a German attack in September 1939, which was followed on...
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