Regarded as one of the greatest Poles of the 20th century, the outdoor display honours the man that committed much of his life to campaigning for an independent Poland.
A new exhibition entitled ‘Americans in Poland 1919-1947’ attempts to restore the memory of a generation of Americans who came to Poland with Herbert Hoover in the early 1920s and who sought to help rebuild the country.
Named Piłsudski’s tank it had its baptism of fire in street fighting in Lwów in 1918 when Poles were fighting to establish the new country’s eastern borders. To raise morale it was also decorated with an American flag to show that Poland was not alone in its struggle but backed by US President Woodrow Wilson.
Though the emergence of an independent Polish state after World War I is often attributed to the efforts of President Woodrow Wilson, its emancipation was part of a series of events which finally culminated in the Versailles Declaration in 1918.
The US Embassy in Warsaw on Monday commemorated the 100th Anniversary of President Woodrow Wilson’s famous “Fourteen Points” address to the U.S. Congress, in which he notably called for Poland’s independence.