The 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Warsaw Links Poland and America in Freedom Fighting Glory

The Battle of Warsaw, often described as the “Miracle of the Vistula”, is believed to save Poland’s independence recently gained after the end of World War I.

The Battle was was fought from August 12th to 25th, 1920 as Red Army forces commanded by Mikhail Tukhachevsky approached the Polish capitol. Polish forces under the command of Marshal Jozef Piłsudski counterattacked forcing the Soviets to withdraw. The Battle is considered a significant victory of Polish forces as the number of Soviet casualties outnumbered Polish. It prevented the Bolshevik revolution from spreading into western Europe. The Battle of Warsaw 1920 is listed among the 18 most important battles that decided on the fate of the world. This year we are celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Battle.

The Pilsudski Institute of America possesses in its archives important documents and photos about the Polish-Bolshevik war, including the Battle of Warsaw. These documents are part of the Belvedere Archives rescued from burning Warsaw in 1939. These collections have been digitized and thousands of documents are now available Online.

The program is supported by public funds from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland.