MoD opens exhibition on Battle of Warsaw

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Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak on Thursday opened an exhibition dedicated to the 1920 Battle of Warsaw, in which Polish forces stopped the Europe-advancing Red Army. Poland marks the 100th anniversary of the victory on August 15.

"The museum was established 100 years ago on the basis of a decision by (inter-war Polish leader - PAP) Marshal Jozef Pilsudski, and over this time it has gathered collections that are proof of the glory of the Polish army," the minister said.

Blaszczak said that the collections of the museum include fascinating replicas of the banners captured by the Polish Armed Forces from the Red Army. He pointed out that when Poland's communist-era authorities returned the captured banners to the USSR, the employees of the museum hid one of the originals.

The celebrations marking the Battle of Warsaw began on Thursday with the awarding of ministerial decorations and distinctions by the Defence Minister.