Military parade to be centrepiece of Battle of Warsaw anniversary - MoD

Paweł Supernak/PAP

Centenary celebrations of the 1920 Battle of Warsaw, the so-called 'Miracle on the Vistula,' will be held in Warsaw on August 15, the centrepiece of which will be a military parade, Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak announced on Tuesday.

'The 1920 Battle of Warsaw - a Polish victory for the freedom of Europe' will be the slogan of the centenary celebrations.

Blaszczak told a press conference on the 100th anniversary celebrations that the battle was an important element of Poland's national heritage, adding that the main attraction of this year's celebrations will be a military parade along Warsaw's Wislostrada at 3 p.m. featuring Polish and allied armed forces.

In addition to the parade, there will also be a ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and another at a monument to fallen Soviet soldiers in the village of Ossow, near Warsaw. Blaszczak also said that, in early July, he had received permission to build the Museum of the Battle of Warsaw.

"Any day now, building will start of the Polish Armed Forces Museum - Museum of the Battle of Warsaw, in Ossow," Blaszczak said. "Memory of the victory at the Battle (of Warsaw in 1920), about the volunteers, who came forward when the Republic was in need, forms the attitude of today's soldiers of the Polish Armed Forces," the defence minister said.

In August 1920, the Polish side won an unexpected but important victory over the Red Army in the Battle of Warsaw. In the wake of the following Polish advance eastward, the Soviets sued for peace and a ceasefire was sealed in October 1920. The Battle of Warsaw helped defend Poland's newly regained independence. The battle, headed by Marshal Jozef Pilsudski, defended the democratic order of the whole of Europe.