NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
13th June, 1926 : Marshal Josef Pilsudski, the Polish war leader, has staged a successful coup d’etat in Warsaw and now enjoys dictatorial power. The President and the Cabinet have been forced to accept his demands, and have named him a permanent commander of the Army, and he cannot be overruled by the Cabinet or by an Act of Parliament. Pilsudski is admired by the Poles, but is also regarded with some trepidation. He hates the Russians – he was sent to Siberia for plotting to kill Tsar Alexander III – and it is feared that he may lead Poland into another war against Russia.