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  • April 08, 1981

    Memorandum from John McMahon to the Secretaries of State and Defense and Director of the National Security Agency, '[Redacted] Report'

    Report outlines the duties of Polish government ministries in the case of martial law.

  • May 26, 1981

    Memorandum from Max Hugel to the Secretaries of State and Defense and Director of the National Security Agency, '[Redacted] Report'

    Translated report oversees contingency plans for the declaration of martial law. It covers plans for public information, diplomatic relations, and the military.

  • May 26, 1981

    Memorandum from Max Hugel to the Secretaries of State and Defense and Director of the National Security Agency, '[Redacted] Report'

    Report details protocol for various government agencies (military, political, diplomatic, economic, and state security) to address state security during the implementation of martial law.

  • June 10, 1981

    Memorandum from Max Hugel to the Secretaries of State and Defense and Director of the National Security Agency, 'Proposed Polish Military Measures in Connection with the Current Political Situation in Poland'

    Hugel alerts the recipients of the memorandum that confidential sources reveal increased militarization in Poland to enforce the party line and are one step closer to martial law.

  • June 15, 1981

    Memorandum from Max Hugel to the Secretaries of State and Defense and Director of National Security, 'Polish Military and Security Reactions to the Current Political Situation in Poland'

    Memorandum from Max Hugel to the Secretaries of State and Defense and the Director of National Security. The document details the conflict between several high military officials. It also mentions several places where Soviet military servicemen are incorporated into the Polish army.

  • July 01, 1981

    Memorandum from Max Hugel to the Director of Central Intelligence, '[Redacted] Report'

    Report discusses contingency plans for implementing martial law, but only in relation to the possibility of extremist resistance from organizations such as Solidarnosc (Solidarity) and KOR (Workers Defense Committee).

  • July 17, 1981

    Memorandum from John Stein to the Secretaries of State and Defense and Director of the National Security Agency, 'Polish General Staff Evaluation of Soviet Military PResence and Activities in Poland...'

    Report outlines the conflicting views of Polish military and government leadership on the implementation of martial law and growing influence of the Soviet military.

  • July 17, 1981

    Memorandum from John Stein to the Director of Central Intelligence, '[Redacted] Report'

    Translation of a memorandum from the Chief of General Staff of the Polish Peoples Army on the measures that need to be taken by the army in case of martial law.

  • August 14, 1981

    Memorandum from John Stein to the Secretaries of State and Defense and Director of the National Security Agency, 'The Current Political Situation in Poland; Polish Ministry of Defense Plans for the Possible Introduction of Martial Law'

    Translated report discusses how the increased presence of Solidarnosc (Solidarity) warrants the introduction of martial law. However, it affirms that no formal steps to introducing martial law have been taken.

  • August 21, 1981

    Memorandum from John Stein to the Director of Central Intelligence, '[Redacted] Report'

    Translation of a document the Polish government intended to circulate should martial law be announced.

  • August 25, 1981

    Memorandum from [Redacted] to the Director of Central Intelligence, 'Martial Law in Poland'

    Memorandum outlining Poland's martial law plan, whether it could work, and the attitudes of Polish leadership.

  • September 04, 1981

    Memorandum from Clair George to the Secretaries of State and Defense and Director of the National Security Agency, '[Redacted] Report'

    Translation from a Defense Committee chaired by General Jaruzelski addressing the rising threat of Solidarnosc and other threats to national security.

  • September 09, 1981

    Memorandum from Clair George to the Secretaries of State and Defense and Director of the National Security Agency, 'New Draft Decree on Martial Law; Current Situation in Poland'

    Memorandum explains of a newly drafted decree of martial law, and increasing tensions between military leadership and Solidarnosc.

  • September 11, 1981

    Memorandum from Clair George to the Secretaries of State and Defense and Director of the National Security Agency, 'Current Plans for the Introduction of Martial Law in Poland'

    Explains that if Solidarnosc leads a general strike or provokes a confrontation, it will be met with the implementation of martial law.

  • September 18, 1981

    Memorandum from John Stein to the Secretaries of State and Defense and Director of the National Security Agency, 'Agenda for the Meeting of the National Defense Committee on 14 September; Current Positions of the Political and Military Leadership...'

    Translated agenda of the National Defense Committee meeting from September 14th, as well as outline the positions of military and government officials on the implementation of martial law.

  • September 30, 1981

    Memorandum from John Stein to the Secretaries of State and Defense and Director of the National Security Agency, '[Redacted] Report'

    Translation of both the decree and rationale for martial law. It elaborates on the various duties of citizens as well as new restrictions on freedom.

  • September 30, 1981

    Memorandum from John Stein to the Secretaries of State and Defense and Director of National Security, '[Redacted] Report'

    Translation of an administrative decree for martial law, including the various organizations involved in the transition.

  • October 07, 1981

    Intelligence Information Special Report, 'Current Status of Preparations for Declaration of Martial Law in Poland'

    Translation of a military document which shows Poland is ready to declare martial law at any time. It argues for a surprise declaration in order to catch opposition off guard.

  • October 13, 1981

    Memorandum from John Stein to the Secretaries of State and Defense and Director of the National Security Agency, 'Current Political/Military Situation in Poland'

    Translation detailing Soviet interaction with Polish military officials, contingency plans for public backlash against martial law, and possible political backlash.

  • October 13, 1981

    Memorandum from John Stein to the Director of Central Intelligence, '[Redacted] Report'

    Translated resolution from the Council of State indicating if public discipline gets worse, then martial law must be instated.