Hollywood star in video about historic Battle of Warsaw
PR dla Zagranicy
Hollywood actor Liam Neeson has appeared in a video commemorating the 98th anniversary of a key 1920 battle near Warsaw that helped save Poland’s newly regained independence.
Photo: YouTube/Polish National Foundation
Made by the Polish National Foundation, the production aims to acquaint the public in the United States and western Europe with the historic 1920 event and “help them realise how important it was for the fate of the entire world to stem the Bolshevik tide,” the foundation said.
The Battle of Warsaw, which is considered to have prevented the Bolshevik revolution from spreading into western Europe, is often described as the “Miracle on the Vistula.”
“Against staggering odds, through sheer courage, faith and a centuries-old determination to be free, Poland triumphed over brute force and defeated the Soviet aggressor on the outskirts of Warsaw,” Neeson said in the clip.
The Battle of Warsaw was part of the Polish-Soviet War of 1919-1921 and was fought from August 12 to 25, 1920 as Red Army forces commanded by Mikhail Tukhachevsky approached the Polish capital.
Polish forces led by Marshal Józef Piłsudski counterattacked, forcing the Soviets to withdraw.
Around 4,500 Polish soldiers were killed, 10,000 went missing and 22,000 were wounded, compared with estimated Russian losses of 10,000 killed, 500 missing, 30,000 wounded and 66,000 taken prisoner.
The 1920 Battle of Warsaw has been listed among the most important battles that have decided the fate of the world.
Source: PAP, Dziennik Gazeta Prawna