The Eighteenth Decisive Battle of the World
1920 Polish-Soviet War
The list author says: “A little-known decisive battle took place over 90 years ago. It is variously called the 1920 Soviet-Polish War, Bolshevik War (WOJNA BOLSZEWICKA), Miracle on the Vistula (CUD NAD WISLA), Polish-Soviet War, etc. My grandfather fought in it.
The Communists had seized power in 1917 in the Russian Revolution. Intoxicated with power, and certain of the inevitable victory of Communism, they sought to impose Communist governments over all of Europe. Only the newly-resurrected Polish nation stood in the way.
Polish leader Jozef Pilsudski, well aware of Soviet intentions, launched a preemptive strike into the Ukraine, allied with Ukrainian leader Petliura (Petlyura). He was thrown back, and the Red Army was at the gates of Warsaw. Poland’s epitaph was already written. Instead, Polish forces rallied and defeated the Soviets. This was the “CUD NAD WISLA”–the “Miracle on the Vistula”. The Red Army retreated, and the Soviets sued for peace.
KTO MOŻE ZAPOMNIEĆ WOJNA BOLSZEWICKA, ORAZ CUD NAD WISLA?
The Battle for Warsaw has been called the eighteenth decisive battle of the world.
The Communist drive into Europe had been stopped–but only for 24 years.
Who knows how different the course of history would’ve been had the Soviets achieved a quasi-permanent deep penetration into Europe in 1920 instead of 1944?