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15th AUGUST: THE FEAST OF THE POLISH ARMED FORCES

Commemorating 15th August 1920, the Battle of Warsaw and defeat of the invading Soviet Red Army

The August 15th 1920 Warsaw Battle was crucial for the Poland’s victory in the 1919-1920 war with Soviet Russia. Thanks to the military tactics of Józef Piłsudski (in the picture), patriotism and unity of the Polish nation and determination and self-sacrificing of the Polish soldiers the enemy was defeated at the outskirts of Warsaw on the banks of the Vistula river. Due to this victory Lenin’s plans to spread the communism all over Europe were then prevented. That is why historians claim this victorius Battle of Warsaw as one of the most important battles in the history.


One of the Polish defense posts near Warsaw

“The fighting was epic and merciless. The Poles raised divisions of enthusiastic but inexperienced and poorly armed volunteers, leavened by their countrymen who had learned soldiering in the armies of other countries. From America came the Kosciuszko Squadron of American volunteer pilots. From France came the Blue Army.” The deliveries of ammunition by Hungarians were crucial for Polish victory in this battle.

In Poland the Battle of Warsaw is commonly called “the miracle on the Vistula river”. The above famous painting by Jerzy Kossak (“Miracle on the Vistula”), shows Polish soldiers and volonteers defending outposts of Warsaw. Over them shines the appearance of the Virgin Mary.

Image source: s.ciekawostkihistoryczne.pl, www.dabrowatar.pl andjustice4poland.com

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Warsaw 1920 – Lenin’s Failed Conquest of Europe by Adam Zamoyski