Following the successful completion of the first stage of the joint military exercise in Czechoslovakia, Soviet Marshal Yakubovsky gives orders to Polish General Jaruzelski concerning the second stage. Four specific orders are given: the Polish military leadership must maintain friendly relations with the political bodies and civilians of occupied Czechoslovakia; maintain military preparedness; ensure the maintenance of proper living conditions for the Polish troops; and maintain adequate food supply and medical support for the Polish troops.
August 30, 1968
Cipher Telegram 3238-643, To the Commanding General of the 2nd Army of the Polish Armed Forces, Brigade General Cde. F. Siwicki
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Copy Nº 1
Incoming cipher message number 3238; outgoing number 643
Unit name: HQ of the SGV 30 August 1968 24.00
TO THE COMMANDING GENERAL OF THE 2ND ARMY OF THE POLISH ARMED FORCES, Brigade General Cde. F. SIWICKI
Copy to CHIEF OF THE GENERAL STAFF OF THE POLISH ARMED FORCES, Division General Cde. B. CHOCHA
Dear Cde. General!
The formations and units of the 2nd Army of the Polish Armed Forces together with the forces of the fraternal armies of the USSR, GDR, VNR, and BNR [Bulgarian People's Republic] [Translator's note: the text from hereon in is the same as telegram 3234 of this date with the following sentence replacing the one before the paragraph marked "First": "At this stage the troops are being assigned the following tasks" and continuing with minor differences of wording until "…and medical support", where the message ends].
COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF OF THE GROUP OF SOVIET FORCES OF SE__ [Translator's notes: The last word was partially off the page; based on the terminology, the title is wrong as at this time Pavlovsky was Commander-in-Chief of the Ground Forces and a Deputy Minister of Defense]
General of the Army M. [SIC, I. is correct] PAVLOVSKY
Deciphered 31 August 1968 at 0300. One copy sent to the addressee
This text of this telegram is virtually identical to that of telegram 3234-8/220, also sent 30 August 1968.
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