Photographer's Note

God, Honour, Fatherland (Polish: Bog, Honor, Ojczyzna) or Honour and Fatherland (Honor i Ojczyzna) is one of the unofficial motto of Poland. It is commonly seen as the motto of the military of Poland, and has been confirmed as such by several Polish legal decrees. It traces its history to the era of partitions of Poland and Polish service in Napoleonic army.

The phrase “Honour and Fatherland” can be traced to the slogans and banners of Polish revolutionaries of the 19th century, fighting to regain Polish independence following the partitions of Poland. This is also the motto of the French Legion of Honour, instituted by Napoleon in 1802. It is likely that the phrase was brought to Poland by the soldiers of the Napoleonic-era Polish legions. It was introduced as phrase to be used on the banners of the newly reconstituted Polish military of the Second Polish Republic in 1919. The word God was officially added to the standards, preceding words Honour and Fatherland by the decree of the Polish government-in-exile in 1943. This decree remained in force till it was changed by the communist government of the People's Republic of Poland in 1955 to “For Our Fatherland the People's Republic of Poland” (“Za nasza Ojczyzne Polske Rzeczpospolita Ludowa”). Following the fall of communism, the “God, Honour, Fatherland” phrase was restored by the government of the Third Polish Republic in 1993.

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