July 17, 1944, Moscow
L. Beria to J. Stalin, V. Molotov, and A. Antonov
Forwarding report(s) of
[Ivan] Serov and I. Tcherniakovsky
[Concerning] Arrest of Lt. Col. A. [Aleksander] Krzyżanowski, and planned disarming of Polish [Armia Krajowa - Home Army] military formations.
Following information were received today from Comrade Tcherniakowsky:
The so-called Major-General “Wilk” / Kulczycki was summoned today. Wilk was told that we are interested in the locations of Polish formations, and that it would be prudent that our officers were familiar with them. Wilk agreed, and gave us 6 such locations, where his regiments and brigades are stationed. Additionally, we expressed our interest in his officers’ core, and proposed that he gathers all regimental and brigade commanders, their second in command, and chiefs of staff. “Wilk” also agreed to that, issued the necessary orders, and gave them to his communications officer, who immediately left for his headquarters.
After that, “Wilk” was disarmed [and arrested]; present at the time was a captain – the Chief of Staff who represents [the Polish] Government in London, who attempted to draw his side arm in order to resist, he cocked his gun, but was disarmed [and arrested as well].
Taking under consideration, that we received locations of Polish [Home Army] formations, the following operations’ plan was established:
1) Experienced generals and People’s Commisars for the State Security of NKVD were dispatched in order to approach the Poles and to investigate [further].
2) At the same time, units of the 3rd Belarusian Front were dispatched to disarm the Poles.
3) Today, at 1900-hours, a Border Security unit, as well as the leadership cadre of men and women of the NKVD were dispatched to disarm the [Polish] officers’ cadre.
4) Tomorrow, on 18th July, at 4 o’clock in the morning, units designated to disarm the Poles will be move to their deployment positions, will receive orders, and will begin the operation.
They will report about the results of the operation.