More than a dozen new murals are to be painted across Poland to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Warsaw, which broke the back of the Red Army advancing through Poland. Poland’s Minister of Defence, Mariusz Błaszczak, unveiled the first mural on Tuesday July 28th in front of the National Centre for Cybersecurity in Legionowo.
´The Red Army, under the command of the Russian communist revolutionary Vladimir Lenin, had been ordered to advance into Germany, a country which following the end of the First World War had seen a number of failed attempts at a red revolution.
The Minister of Defence stated that the Polish victory on the outskirts of Warsaw thus saved not just Poland but Western Europe as well, saying “our ancestors resisted the ramparts of communist Russia, they saved Poland, they saved our statehood, but they also saved all of Europe from Russian communism".
The minister also announced that a competition will be organised for NGOs, which will be able to apply to have their murals of the battle co-financed by the ministry.
The author of the first mural unveiled, Professor Rafał Roskowiński, underlined that he wishes for his artwork to serve as an inspiration for closer studies of the battle, saying “ "if, for every 100 people passing by this mural, just one decides to reach for a history book and finds out who Gen. Haller, Gen. Rozwadowski or Lt. Col. Jan Kowalewski or Symon Petliura was, it will be a great success".
The patriotic mural on the wall of the National Centre for Cyber Security in Legionowo presents the most important individual battlefields, which together form the Battle of Warsaw, including the battles at Ossów and Radzymin on the outskirts of the city where the main Soviet thrust was stopped, as well as the devastating Polish counter-strike coming from the area along the Wieprz River south of Warsaw.
The mural shows the involvement in the battle of various types of troops and services, such as the Voluntary Army, the Voluntary Women's Legion, the Radio Intelligence, cryptologists, infantry, cavalry, artillery, tanks, and the Polish Air Force.
Tribute is also paid to the foreigners who aided Poland, such as the American pilots from the Kosciuszko Squadron, the French military mission to Poland, the allied Ukrainian troops under Ataman Semyon Petlura, and Hungarian Prime Minister Pal Teleki who sent the Poles more than 50 million rounds of ammunition by train on the eve of the deciding battle.
To attract a foreign audience, the government has launched an English-language website available at https://bitwa1920.gov.pl/en/ where detailed information about the course of events in the summer of 1920 can be found.
The main celebration of the victorious battle will be held in Warsaw on August 15th, the exact 100th anniversary of the start of the Polish counter-attack from the Wieprz River.