Polish Army Festival (15/08)

The Polish Army Holiday (Święto Wojska Polskiego) is celebrated annually in the country 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 the Polish troops of the fronts: the Middle Front - under the command of Marshal Yu. Pilsudsky and the Northern Front - under the command of General Yu. Galler. The battle lasted from 13 to 16 August.

On August 15, during the battle, a turning point occurred in favor of the Polish Army. The Red Army, as a result of heavy fighting for both sides, retreated from Warsaw. 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 is a public holiday in Poland, and a military parade is taking place on the main square of Warsaw, in which all branches of the Polish armed forces participate - ground forces, air forces, navy, special forces and territorial defense forces.

There are speeches at rallies, concerts, film screenings, exhibitions, theatrical performances. During the holiday there is a place for folk festivals, dances, and thanksgiving prayers. Since the holiday coincides in time with the religious holiday of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.