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    Polish President Affirms Role of Soldiers in Shaping 1920 Historical Pivot

    Poland’s President Andrzej Duda emphasized the transformative impact of Polish soldiers’ heroism during the historic Battle of Warsaw in 1920. Speaking on Tuesday during ceremonies commemorating Armed Forces Day, which coincides with the battle’s anniversary on August 15, President Duda asserted that this pivotal event altered the course of history, safeguarding not only Poland’s sovereignty but also the entirety of Europe from the advance of the Red Army.

    Marking the occasion, Duda expressed heartfelt appreciation for the sacrifices made by Polish soldiers who spilled their blood on various battlefronts in defense of their homeland. He underscored the enduring significance of their bravery, affirming that their dedication paved the way for Poland’s freedom, independence, and security.

    President Duda’s address highlighted the Battle of Warsaw’s monumental triumph over Soviet Russia in 1920, a moment when the nascent Polish Republic was finding its footing. He emphasized the instrumental role played by the valorous Polish soldiers whose indomitable spirit secured a victory of profound importance, not only for the security of Poland but for the entire continent of Europe.

    Duda further expounded that the unwavering efforts of Polish soldiers disrupted the expansionist ambitions of the Bolsheviks and effectively curbed the spread of the Russian communist revolution throughout Europe. In his words, “Polish soldiers steered the course of history, defending the entire European continent.”

    Reflecting on the contemporary context, President Duda acknowledged the ongoing challenges faced by Poland. He pointed to the conflict in Ukraine as a testament to the region’s current instability and the necessity of vigilance. Duda credited Ukraine’s resistance against Russian aggression as a contributing factor to Poland’s enhanced security.

    Notably, Poland commemorated this historic day with an impressive parade in Warsaw, showcasing the modern prowess of its armed forces. Over 2,000 soldiers from Poland and NATO member states marched through the capital city, accompanied by an array of military equipment and aircraft. The parade showcased cutting-edge weaponry, including advanced systems such as the High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS), Abrams M1A1 tanks, and F-16 fighter jets, alongside domestic assets like the Baobab-K mine-laying vehicles.

    Key events of the day unfolded at Piłsudskiego Square in central Warsaw. President Duda, along with other prominent figures including Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak, participated in a ceremonial changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The somber occasion also saw wreaths laid at various monuments, paying tribute to the fallen soldiers of different historical events, such as the Smolensk air disaster and President Lech Kaczyński, who tragically lost their lives in 2010.

    The significance of August 15 as Polish Army Day holds deep historical resonance. From 1923 to 1947, and since 1992 to the present, this date has been dedicated to honoring the unexpected yet critical triumph over the Red Army in the Battle of Warsaw, often referred to as the ‘Miracle on the Vistula.’ This resounding victory, under the leadership of Marshal Józef Piłsudski, not only safeguarded Poland’s newfound independence but also played a vital role in preserving the democratic order across Europe.


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