Territorial Defence Forces ensure Poland’s safety: Defence Minister

“Today, soldiers of the Territorial Defence Forces [WOT] help the inhabitants of border areas. Together with the soldiers of the operational troops, they ensure that Poland is safe, that the hybrid attacks are ineffective,” said Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak.

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He indicated 30,000 people have already willingly signed up for the formation. Due to the high interest in service in the Territorial Defence Forces he has decided to create new brigades. New battalions will be created, to support the defence system of Poland.

The Territorial Defence Forces Day is celebrated on September 27, on the anniversary of the establishment of the Polish Underground State. The central celebration of the holiday took place in Warsaw at Józef Piłsudski square - in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

In addition to the central celebrations, the WOT also invites locals to military picnics and the accompanying “WOT games.” These included performing squats, push-ups, race in a sack, rolling a tyre and running with additional weight. The competitions will be organised in sixteen locations throughout Poland, wherever WOT brigades operate.

The Territorial Defence Forces is the youngest formation in the armed forces. The troops were established in 2017 and currently have over 30,000 soldiers.

Their tasks include participation in Defence activities in cooperation with operational units, supporting non-military services, conducting independent anti-diversion and anti-assault tasks, as well as cooperation with allied units and supporting civil services in crisis situations.