An attempt to characterize psychological of Cichociemny Cover Image

Próba charakterystyki psychologicznej Cichociemnego
An attempt to characterize psychological of Cichociemny

Author(s): Jakub Lickiewicz, Jolanta Szymańska, Łukasz Burkiewicz
Subject(s): Social psychology and group interaction, Personality Psychology, WW II and following years (1940 - 1949)
Published by: Oficyna Wydawnicza KA AFM
Keywords: psychological traits; Cichociemny; the Silent Unseen; psychological training; World War II; special forces

Summary/Abstract: Cichociemni were the elite of the Polish Armed Forces in the West. They were trained in Great Britain to operate in occupied Poland and were ready for any sacrifice for the Fatherland. Despite the fact that over 2600 candidates volunteered for training and served only 316 of them were parachuted into occupied Poland. The article raises the issue of psychological traits of Cichociemny. The current literature on the subject focuses mainly on aspects of physical training, marginalizes an issue of personality and temperament. Today, the problem exists in the currently recruitment process of a modern soldier of the special forces. From the perfect soldier, popularly called the commandos, is expected not to only excellent physical fitness, but also appropriate psychological predispositions as self efficacy, commitment and sacrifice. According to the analysis of documents from the period of activity of Cichociemni these traits were also important then as today. It allows to put the thesis of the psychological profile of the ideal warrior, regardless of the time and place.

  • Issue Year: XI/2015
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 113-123
  • Page Count: 11
  • Language: Polish