Military ManœUvres, Poland.

Oral Answers to Questions — Governmentdepartments. – in the House of Commons on 12th December 1922.

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Photo of Mr Edmund Morel Mr Edmund Morel , Dundee

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asked the Under-Secretary of State for War whether he has any information as to the military manœuvres which have recently taken place in Posen under the supervision of French generals co-operating with the Polish general staff; whether he is aware that Poland is fortifying the Hela peninsula and connecting the harbour of Gdingen by strategic railways linked up with the Free State of Danzig; that large quantities of munitions and petrol are being accumulated in the free port of Danzig for the use of the French fleet; and that the sums expended on these military preparations are derived from the reparation payments supposedly earmarked for the reconstruction of the devastated areas of France?

Lieut.-Colonel GUINNESS:

The manœuvres of July, 1922, which I presume are referred to, were conducted entirely under Polish supervision. The only senior French officer present attended as a spectator, in compliance with the customary invitation extended to all foreign military attaches. No foundation can be traced for the remainder of the; suggestions made in the question.

Photo of Mr Edmund Morel Mr Edmund Morel , Dundee

Is the Department in receipt regularly of Polish newspapers, in which some very remarkable disclosures have been made?