Last veteran of Polish-Soviet War dies, aged 113

tags: veterans, Polish-Soviet War




Captain Jozef Kowalski, who was born in 1900, was due to turn 112 in February.

As a young cavalryman he fought as a lancer against the Red Army in the fabled Battle of Komarow on 31 August 1920.

The clash, near Zamosc in south east Poland, marked the largest cavalry battle in European warfare since 1813.

Polish commander Juliusz Rommel routed the Russian forces, providing a crippling blow to the Red Army's cavalry.

Within days Poles had won a subsequent victory in the Battle of Warsaw, the so-called 'Miracle on the Vistula,' during which the Red Army was repulsed from the gates of the Polish capital.




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