"...subjugating only Poland" and then what? Another russian empire along the lines of the cold war?
Been there done that, no thanks!
Thats the problem with these threads, its not a dry case of Putin waking up and deciding that Polish people are just damn fugly and have to go, it depends on whether or not Europe see's whats cooking.
Historically only Poland was aware of whats Russia about, in 1920 Russians made no secret that they're aiming to take Berlin, Paris, Madrit and London after they take Warsaw and where were the British and French reinforcements?
Western Europe has a long and proud tradition of being blind and stupid when it comes to Russia so if the West decided they can ditch Poland without loss of profit they just might.
I can see it before my eyes...All countries around Germany are safely tucked under their nuclear umbrellas but only little, poor Germany is left out shivering in the cold!
You've got the most powerfull conventional army in Europe and who's going to nuke you?
Wildrover is correct "that IS what nato is all about" Where as you are quoting what nato used to be.
Nope sorry, Poland was admitted to NATO mainly with US support as a "F*CK YOU!" towards Russia rather then a strategic element.
In case of war, Poland can call up to arms over 3 million reservists
In case of war Poland can arm approximately 230.000 men with a body of 100.000 professional soldiers active or drawn from reserve.
Bollocks, war was declared two days later.
And the French army advanced a whooping 5 miles before stopping for a year stopped dead by the vicious German trees and roadside fences!
No the West did not help Poland and yes the treaties that fortified that help were much more specific then the NATO ones.