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Poland marks anniversary of landmark battle against Russian Bolsheviks

13.08.2022 17:00
Events are held across Poland over the weekend and Monday to mark the 102nd anniversary of a key victory over the Russian Bolsheviks in the 1920 Battle of Warsaw.
Military picnic in Iława, northern Poland
Military picnic in Iława, northern PolandPhoto: PAP/Tomasz Waszczuk

Polish army is hosting military picnics all around the country, but a military parade in Warsaw, which is traditionally the highlight of events marking the anniversary was called off amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The landmark battle of 1920 is believed to have saved Poland’s newly regained independence after the end of World War I and prevented the Bolshevik revolution from spreading into western Europe.

Many say the battle, often described as the “Miracle of the Vistula,” was one of the world’s most important.

The battle was fought from August 12 to 25 in 1920 as Red Army forces commanded by Mikhail Tukhachevsky approached the Polish capital.

Polish forces headed by military leader and chief of state Józef Piłsudski counterattacked, forcing the Soviets to withdraw.

At a square in central Warsaw named after Piłsudski, officials on Saturday attended a ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to mark both Poland’s Armed Forces Day and the 1920 battle.