White Eagle, Red Star: The Polish-Soviet War 1919-1920 and by Norman Davies

By Norman Davies

In White Eagle, crimson Star,distinguished historian Norman Davies supplies us a whole account of the Polish-Soviet warfare, with its dramatic climax in August 1920 whilst the pink Army—sure of victory and pledged to hold the Revolution throughout Europe —was beaten by way of a devastating Polish assault. for the reason that often called “The Miracle of the Vistula,” it is still essentially the most an important conflicts of the Western international. Drawing on either Polish and Russian assets, Norman Davies indicates how this warfare was once a pivotal occasion during ecu heritage.

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Although not yet thirty-four years of age, he had already the creation of several armies to his credit. In 1908, whilst still a student in Lw6w, he founded on his own initiative the Zwict,zek Walki Czynnej (Union of Active Struggle), the predecessor of many similar, para-military, nationalist organizations. In 1914, he was the Chief of Staff of Pilsudski's Legions. In 1917, he succeeded Pilsudski at the War Department of the Regency Council, and founded the Polnische Wehrmacht. In 19I8, after a spell in Spandau prison, he joined Pilsudski in Magdeburg Castle.

A number of officers had seen Tsarist service, notably General Waclaw Iwaszkiewicz, General Dowb6rMusnicki, leader of the anti-Bolshevik cause in Byelorussia and one-time commander of the I Polish Corps, General Aleksander Osinski, commander of the III Polish Corps. No Poles rose to the highest levels of the Tsarist Staff, owing to a clause excluding Roman Catholics, nor to the upper echelons of the Prussian Staff owing to sheer prejudice. The Poznanians provided the best NCOs but few officers.

The Soviet authorities were distracted by a counter-revolutionary rising in Byelorussia. Two regiments of the Red Army holding the line against the Ukrainians in the area of Ovruch mutinied, crossed the Pripet, and marched on Gomel' which they occupied from 24 to 29 March in the name of a 'free republic'. :Z:Z The Poles, too, had their troubles. An ugly incident occurred at Pinsk, held by the company of a Major Luzynski. In Pmsk, as in other towns held by the Poles, all public meetings had been banned for fear of civil disturbance.

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