Information from the 2nd Bureau of the French Army General Staff on the mass delivery of Romanian visas to Polish officers on the eve of the German-Polish war and the flight of top Polish government officials to Romania in September 1939

8 November 1939
Russian State Military Archive
Coll. 198k, ser. 9а, fold. 13089, f. 604.

Copy. In French

‘The Romanian General Consul told me, “Let me show you the list of visas delivered two weeks before the war”. Thirty pages with 25 visas per page that were exclusively delivered to senior officers associated with Beck and Rydz-Smigly: all of them left on vacation before the war and never returned to Poland again. The German advance from Katowice to Cracow remained totally unhindered: no obstacles, no fortifications. Poland had been betrayed.’