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March 16, 1944

DINNER GIVEN BY MARSHAL J.V. STALIN IN HONOUR OF THE COMMAND OF THE POLISH ARMY

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    Joseph Stalin holds a dinner in honor of Polish troops with prominent members of the Polish and Soviet military as well as Soviet state officials.
    "Dinner Given by Marshal J.V. Stalin in Honour of the Command of the Polish Army," March 16, 1944, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, Soviet Foreign Policy During the Patriotic War: Documents and Materials, Vol. 2, January 1, 1944 – December 31, 1944, trans. Andrew Rothstein. (London:Hutchinson, 1946), 58. https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/209789
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In connection with the transformation of the Polish Army Corps into a Polish Army, Marshal J.V. Stalin, Chairman of the State Committee of Defence, gave a dinner in the Kremlin on 16 March in honour of the Command of the Polish Army on the territory of the U.S.S.R.

There were present at the dinner: Lieutenant-General Z.M. Berlin, Commander-in-Chief of the Polish Army, Major-General K.K. Swierczewski, Major-General B.I. Poltorzycki, Major-General B.A. Keniewicz, Major-General V.M. Bewziuk, Major-General A.F. Siwicki, Colonel S.S. Galicki, Colonel L.A. Bukojemski, Colonel I.I. Mezican, Colonel A.S. Modzolewski, Colonel K.A. Babjan, Lieutenant- Colonel A.L. Zawadski, Lieutenant- Colonel I.G. Gawronski, Lieutenant- Colonel J.A. Prawin, Major M.Z. Metkowski, Captain E.I. Ochab.

There were present at the dinner from the Union of Polish Patriots: A.V.Witos, B.R. Drobner, Academician J.O. Parnas, Professor L.B. Chwistek, S.K. Jedrychowski, J.Y. Sztachelski, S.O. Skrzeszewski, S.F. Radkiewicz, J.I. Berman, E.L. Sommerstein. W.L. Wassilewska, President of the Union of Polish Patriots, was unable to attend through ill health.

There were present on the Soviet side: V.M. Molotov, Marshal K.E. Voroshilov, A.I. Mikoyan, L.M. Kaganovitch, G.M. Malenkov, L.P. Beria, A.S. Shcherbakov, N.A. Voznesensky, Marshal of the Air Force A.E. Golovanov, Marshal of Tank Troops Y.N. Fedorenko, Army General A.V. Khrulev, Army General A.I. Antonov, Colonel-General F.I. Golikov, Colonel-General of the Air Force A.V. Nikitin, Commissar of State Security G.S. Zhukov.

The dinner was held in an atmosphere of Soviet-Polish friendship and comradeship.