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Dispute about 11 November

The date of commemorating the regaining of independence by Poland after 123 years of partitions was a debatable issue during the Second Polish Republic. In the interwar period, there were fierce disputes about which of the events of the autumn of 1918 should be regarded as the symbolic moment of Poland's regaining independence.

Military Parade in Warszaw, 11 November 1926

In the interwar period, 11 November was observed as an unofficial Independence Day. It was celebrated especially by the military. The date commemorated the day on which the Regency Council handed over the authority and supreme command of the subordinate Polish army to Józef Piłsudski. Also on 11 November, Germany signed an armistice at Compiegne in France, ending World War I.

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