Emblem worn by LWP soldiers; the "Piast eagle" without the crown
Photograph of a Soviet T-54 in Prague during the Warsaw Pact's occupation of Czechoslovakia.
The Polish People's Republic in 1989
Polish troops, 1943
Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev and Polish leader Władysław Gomułka in East Berlin, 1967
Poland's fate was heavily discussed at the Yalta Conference in February 1945. Joseph Stalin, whose Red Army occupied the entire country, presented several alternatives which granted Poland industrialized territories in the west whilst the Red Army simultaneously permanently annexed Polish territories in the east, resulting in Poland losing over 20% of its pre-war borders - areas primarily inhabited by ethnic Belarusians or Ukrainians. Soviet-backed Polish communists came to power and oversaw the country's entry into the Warsaw Pact in 1955.
The Polish First Army on their way to Berlin, 1945
Brezhnev, Nikolai Podgorny, and East German leader Walter Ulbricht in Moscow
Border changes of Poland after World War II. The eastern territories (Kresy) were annexed by the Soviets. The western territories, referred to as the "Recovered Territories", were granted as war reparations. Despite the western lands being more industrialized, Poland lost 77,035 km2 (29,743 sq mi) and major cities like Lviv and Vilnius.
Polish flag raised on the top of Berlin Victory Column on 2 May 1945
Nicolae Ceauşescu (right) visiting Czechoslovakia in 1968; here, with Alexander Dubček and Ludvik Svoboda
The 1970 Polish protests were put down by the Communist authorities and Citizens' Militia. The riots resulted in the deaths of 42 people and over 1,000 injured.
T-55A tanks of the Polish People's Army (Martial law in Poland)
Barricades and Soviet tanks on fire
Queues waiting to enter grocery stores in Warsaw and other Polish cities and towns were typical in the late 1980s. The availability of food and goods varied at times, and the most sought after basic item was toilet paper.
Prague resident attempting conversation with a Soviet soldier.
The new Warszawa Centralna railway station in Warsaw had automatic doors and escalators. It was a flagship project during the 1970s economic boom and was dubbed the most modern station in Europe at the time of its completion in 1975.
Soviet soldier with a tank shell – potentially having retrieved it from a burning tank.
Lech Wałęsa co-founded and headed the Solidarity movement which toppled Communism. He later became the President of Poland.
Soviet tanks marked with invasion stripes during the invasion
The 1980 Gdańsk Shipyard Strike and subsequent Summer 1981 Hunger Demonstrations were instrumental in strengthening the Solidarity movement's influence.
Population securing food supplies
Logo of the Polish United Workers' Party
National flag of Czechoslovakia covered in blood
Władysław Gomułka and Leonid Brezhnev in East Berlin, 1967
One of the protesters' banners "For your freedom and ours"
An abandoned State Agricultural Farm in south-eastern Poland. State farms were a form of collective farming created in 1949.
Bucharest, August 1968: Ceauşescu criticizing the Soviet invasion
Łódź was Poland's largest city after the destruction of Warsaw during World War II. It was also a major industrial centre in Europe and served as the temporary capital due to its economic significance in the 1940s.
Demonstration in Helsinki against the invasion
Female textile workers in a state-run factory, Łódź, 1950s
Demonstration in Kiel, West Germany against the invasion of Czechoslovakia and Vietnam War, 23 August 1968
Supersam Warsaw, the first self-serve shopping centre in Poland, 1969
Commander-in-chief of the Warsaw Pact Ivan Yakubovsky with Walter Ulbricht in 1970
Pewex, a chain of hard currency stores which sold unobtainable Western goods and items
Erich Honecker, Gustáv Husák, and Walter Ulbricht in Berlin, East Germany, 1971
Ration cards for sugar, 1977
Memorial plate in Košice, Slovakia
Bar mleczny, a former milk bar in Gdynia. These canteens offered value meals to citizens throughout Communist Poland.
Trybuna Ludu (People's Tribune) was a government-sponsored newspaper and propaganda outlet
Andrzej Wajda was a key figure in Polish cinematography during and after the fall of communism
Allegory of communist censorship, Poland, 1989. Newspapers visible are from all Eastern Bloc countries including East Germany, the Soviet Union and Czechoslovakia
The 237-meter Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw, constructed in 1955. At the time of its completion it was one of the tallest buildings in Europe
Smyk Department Store, 1960s
Polish university students during lecture, 1964
One of many schools constructed in central Warsaw in the 1960s
Jerzy Popiełuszko was a Roman Catholic priest who supported the anti-communist opposition. He was murdered by the Security Services "SB" of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
A demographics graph illustrating population growth between 1900 and 2010. The highest birth rate was during the Second Polish Republic and consequently under the Polish People's Republic.
A typical socialist apartment building in Warsaw representing the style of functionalism, built due to the ever-growing population and high birth rate at the time
Konstantin Rokossovsky, pictured in a Polish uniform, was Marshal of the Soviet Union and Marshal of Poland until being deposed during the Polish October in 1956.
Poland's old and new borders, 1945

The Polish People's Army (Ludowe Wojsko Polskie, LWP) constituted the second formation of the Polish Armed Forces in the East in 1943–1945, and in 1945–1989 the armed forces of the Polish communist state (from 1952, the Polish People's Republic), ruled by the Polish Workers' Party and then the Polish United Workers' Party.

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The Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia refers to the events of 20–21 August 1968, when the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic was jointly invaded by four Warsaw Pact countries: the Soviet Union, the Polish People's Republic, the People's Republic of Bulgaria and the Hungarian People's Republic.

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The Polish People's Republic maintained a large standing army.

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Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia - 1968

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At approximately 11 pm on 20 August 1968, Eastern Bloc armies from four Warsaw Pact countries – the Soviet Union, Bulgaria, Poland and Hungary – invaded Czechoslovakia.

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Under pressure from the USSR, Poland participated in the invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968.

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