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photoblog image Antakalnis Cemetery 6

Antakalnis Cemetery 6

 

Graves of Polish troops killed during the "Vilna offensive" of 1919-1920. Here's the first two paras of the Wikipedia account: 

 

 

"The Vilna offensive was a campaign of the Polish–Soviet War of 1919–1921. The Polish army launched an offensive on April 16, 1919, to take Vilnius (Polish: Wilno) from the Red Army. After three days of street fighting from April 19–21, the city was captured by Polish forces, causing the Red Army to retreat. During the offensive, the Poles also succeeded in securing the nearby cities of Lida, Pinsk, Navahrudak, and Baranovichi.

  

The Red Army launched a series of counterattacks in late April, all of which ended in failure. The Soviets briefly recaptured the city a year later, in spring 1920, when the Polish army was retreating along the entire front. In the aftermath, the Vilna offensive would cause much turmoil on the political scene in Poland and abroad."

 

In fact the situation seems to be even more complicated than this, with a Lithuanian volunteer army being involved - see the Wikipedia article here: 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lithuanian_Wars_of_Independence

 

Antakalnis Cemetery 6

 

Graves of Polish troops killed during the "Vilna offensive" of 1919-1920. Here's the first two paras of the Wikipedia account: 

 

 

"The Vilna offensive was a campaign of the Polish–Soviet War of 1919–1921. The Polish army launched an offensive on April 16, 1919, to take Vilnius (Polish: Wilno) from the Red Army. After three days of street fighting from April 19–21, the city was captured by Polish forces, causing the Red Army to retreat. During the offensive, the Poles also succeeded in securing the nearby cities of Lida, Pinsk, Navahrudak, and Baranovichi.

  

The Red Army launched a series of counterattacks in late April, all of which ended in failure. The Soviets briefly recaptured the city a year later, in spring 1920, when the Polish army was retreating along the entire front. In the aftermath, the Vilna offensive would cause much turmoil on the political scene in Poland and abroad."

 

In fact the situation seems to be even more complicated than this, with a Lithuanian volunteer army being involved - see the Wikipedia article here: 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lithuanian_Wars_of_Independence

 

comments (5)

  • Ray
  • Not in United States
  • 21 May 2017, 04:15
I like to see these standing stones sharing the hill with substantial trees, Tom.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 21 May 2017, 06:18
I didn't really know any of this before Tom, only an outline of WW2 and what followed
La bêtise humaine n'a pas de limites!! amitiés
i like the ribbons/tapes going across the crosses, Tom. i do not think i saw something like that before.
Graves of soldiers so often are together like this and it has such an impact.

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