In the Polish edition of Onet held small excursion into history the operation 1994-1995 years, to which US President Bill Clinton connected the Polish special forces. This was the first foreign military operation in Poland in its recent history.
It is noted that at that time no one knew anything about “Thunder” in the world, moreover, many Poles did not know about its existence, but Clinton did. The fact is that Polish instructors were trained by American instructors from the Delta special forces unit. And Clinton was informed that the Poles should be checked in a real military operation. The then president of Poland, Lech Walesa, quickly agreed that Polish special forces in Haiti could not do without ...
In the Polish media they write that the operation itself looked strange for Poland. From material:
It was a real circus (...) At first, it was necessary to transfer “Thunder” from subordination to the Ministry of Internal Affairs to subordination to the Ministry of Defense, since the structures of the Ministry of Internal Affairs did not have the right to participate in foreign operations.
The newspaper provides a statement by the soldier of the Polish special forces "Thunder" Andrzej Kruczynski (call sign "Leader"):
The absurdity of the situation manifested itself immediately. Even in Poland we were told that there would be our farewell in Haiti in the format of a parade. This, let’s say, is not typical for special forces. As a result, we went through a ceremonial march, but in dark glasses, away from the camera lenses. After that, boarded the plane. And when the journalists filmed their report, we again got off the plane, because at that moment there was no order for the departure.
Departure, as it turns out, took place only a day later.
The publication writes that subsequently, many frankly joked about the commandos in dark glasses “at the parade”. The fact is that the ordered sunglasses came in a version with a white frame.
From the statement of the “Thunder” branch commander (in 1994 year) Slavomir Petelitsky:
We had to train the parade march, walk several times to the moronic music at the airport. In black glasses with a white frame, we looked like the operetta guard of the banana republic. And then we decided to paint the eyeglass frames ourselves with black paint.
When they arrived to perform the operation in Haiti, everyone was ordered to change into civilian clothes in order to appear as ordinary tourists.
According to official figures, the Polish detachment “Thunder” did not suffer losses in Haiti.