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The Battle of Warsaw refers to the decisive Polish victory in 1920 during the Polish–Soviet War. Poland, on the verge of total defeat, repulsed and defeated the invading Red Army.
As Soviet forces invaded Poland in summer 1920, the Polish army retreated westward in disarray. The Polish forces seemed on the verge of disintegration and observers predicted a decisive Soviet victory.
The battle of Warsaw was fought from August 12–25, 1920 as Red Army forces commanded by Mikhail Tukhachevsky approached the Polish capital of Warsaw and the nearby Modlin Fortress. On August 16, Polish forces commanded by Józef Piłsudski counterattacked from the south, disrupting the enemy's offensive, forcing the Russian forces into a disorganized withdrawal eastward and behind the Neman River. Estimated Russian losses were 10,000 killed, 500 missing, 30,000 wounded, and 66,000 taken prisoner, compared with Polish losses of some 4,500 killed, 10,000 missing, and 22,000 wounded.
The defeat crippled the Red Army; Vladimir Lenin, the Bolshevik leader, called it "an enormous defeat" for his forces. In the following months, several more Polish follow-up victories saved Poland's independence and led to a peace treaty with Soviet Russia and Soviet Ukraine later that year, securing the Polish state's eastern frontiers until 1939.
The British diplomat Edgar Vincent regards this event as one of the most important battles in history on his expanded list of most decisive battles, since the Polish victory over the Soviets stopped the spread of communism to Europe. ... See MoreSee Less
On 1st August 1944 a battle for Warsaw started. The Warsaw Uprising has lasted unexpectedly 63 days. The biggest rebellion against German Nazi occupation during WWII pay big price: over 18,000 soldiers dead, 25,000 wounded and over 200,000 civilians killed. Today we pay tribute to the fallen heroes who fought for freedom. We pay tribute to Canadian airmen who help Warsaw during the Uprising in 1944 and died providing airlift for the Polish Army in occupied Poland. ... See MoreSee Less
75 ROCZNICA WYBUCHU POWSTANIA WARSZAWSKIEGO 1 sierpnia, jak co roku, pamiętamy o rocznicy wybuchu Powstania Warszawskiego, bohaterskiej walki o wolność Warszawy i Polski. Skalę ofiar poniesionych przez Polaków w Powstaniu uświadomił światu historyk Norman Davies, pisząc, że każdego dnia przez ponad 60 dni Powstania ginęło w nim tylu ludzi, co w czasie zamachu na World Trade Center 11 września 2001 r. W 75 rocznicę patriotycznego zrywu ku wolności, pochylamy się w zadumie i refleksji, aby oddać hołd bohaterom stolicy, którzy podjęli walkę z okupantem o wolność i suwerenność Ojczyzny na ulicach Warszawy tego gorącego lata 1944. ... See MoreSee Less
Today, John Tomczak - the first-ever Cdn Polish Congress President from Western Canada - and VP Marek Domaradzki met with with Premier @jkenney, a great friend of Canada’s #Polonia, to discuss issues of importance to Alberta’s Polish community. Dziękujemy Panie Premierze! #abpoli
Today, I join all Polish Canadians and all Poles in commemorating the 75th anniversary of the #WarsawUprising. We must remember our Veterans, and all who fought against oppression and injustice and honour their brave sacrifice. #WarsawRising #WarsawUprising44 #LestWeForget
August 1 marks the 75th anniversary of the #WarsawUprising during which Poland’s Home Army bravely rose up against the city’s brutal Nazi German occupiers. It was the single largest military effort undertaken by a European resistance movement in WWII. Today we remember the heroes