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The Battle of Warsaw 1920: A victory for Europe

  • Mateusz Morawiecki

    Warsaw

Warsaw   /   Sat, August 15 2020   /  01:00 am
In formation: Soldiers march during a ceremony in which newly sworn-in Polish President Andrzej Duda accepts sovereignty over the Armed Forces for a second five-year term, in Warsaw on Aug. 6. Poland marks this year the centennial anniversary of the Battle of Warsaw.(Reuters /Kacper Pempel)

There are crucial moments in history that define the world’s future. For Poland and Europe, one such moment in the 20th century was the day of Aug. 15, 1920. It was then that Poland, newly reborn in 1918, fought a decisive and victorious battle with the Bolshevik forces that aimed to spread the fire of the communist revolution all across Western Europe, devastated by the human and material losses of the Great War. According to the British diplomat Edgar D’Abernon, it was the 18th decisive battle in world history. The Battle of Warsaw deserves to be listed on par with the D-Day as a critical turning point in the fight against totalitarianism in Europe. Because of the Iron Curtain that divided Europe as a result of the Yalta Conference, the significance of this specific event to the history of Europe did not get imprinted in the world’s memory as prominently as it d...