Polish Army Festival (15/08)

The festival of the Polish Army ( Święto Wojska Polskiego ) is celebrated in the country annually on August 15 in memory of the Battle of Warsaw, which took place in August 1920 between the Red Army and the Polish Army during the Soviet-Polish War of 1919-1921.

It was a battle near Warsaw between the troops of the Western Front of the Red Army under the command of M. Tukhachevsky and Polish front troops: Middle — under the command of Marshal Yu. Pilsudski and Northern – under the command of General Yu. Hallera. The battle lasted from August 13 to 16.

On August 15, during the battle, a turning point in favor of the Polish Army took place. The Red Army retreated from Warsaw as a result of heavy fighting for both sides. On August 16, 1920, Polish troops went on the offensive. The victory over the troops of Soviet Russia determined the independent status of Poland until 1939.

Today in Poland it is a public holiday, and a military parade is being held on the main square of Warsaw, in which all types of Polish armed forces — ground forces, air forces, navy participate, special troops and territorial defense troops.

Speech at rallies, concerts, film screenings, exhibitions, theater performances are held. During the holiday there is a place for festivities and dances, and thanksgiving prayers, since the holiday coincides with the religious holiday of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.