Poland's defence minister pays tribute to Battle of Warsaw soldiers

Błaszczak laid a wreath on the graves of those who died a hundred years ago in the Battle of Warsaw. Tomasz Gzell/TFN

Minister of National Defence Mariusz Błaszczak on Sunday paid tribute to the soldiers of the 1920 Battle of Warsaw at the Cemetery of Soldiers of the Polish-Bolshevik War in Radzymin, north-east of Warsaw.

Błaszczak, assisted by the Honorary Company of the Polish Army, took part in the remembrance appeal on August 16. Błaszczak then laid a wreath on the graves of those who died a hundred years ago in the Battle of Warsaw. A second wreath was laid by a delegation from the Wielkopolska Region.

The Battle of Radzymin was a key part of the Battle of Warsaw, which saved Poland’s newly regained independence after the end of World War I and prevented the Red Army from advancing further into Western Europe.

The Cemetery of the Soldiers of the Polish-Bolshevik War in Radzymin covers approximately five hectares. Several hundred soldiers of the regiments fighting for the city on August 13-16, 1920, are buried here in four mass graves.

At the beginning of September 1939, 127 Polish soldiers who died in the vicinity of Radzymin were also buried in one of the mass grave. There is also a fraternal grave of 127 Polish soldiers from 1939 and graves of soldiers from underground organisations active during World War II.

After the end of the Nazi occupation, the communist authorities banned the organisation of patriotic gatherings in the cemetery and took steps to erase the memory of the Polish-Bolshevik War of 1920.