‘Only Poland managed to defeat the Soviets in a war,’ says President Duda on Polish Army Day

Duda promised that the Polish Army would be adequately equipped for the task of keeping Poland safe

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Polish President Andrzej Duda delivers a speech during the ceremony marking Polish Army Day in Warsaw, Poland, Monday, Aug. 15, 2022. (AP Photo/Michal Dyjuk)

Speaking on the 102nd anniversary of the Battle of Warsaw where the Polish Army managed to defeat the Red Army, President Andrzej Duda said that Poland was the only country ever to defeat the Soviet Russians in a war

Aug. 15 is a national holiday in Poland commemorating the victory of the Polish Army in a battle in the vicinity of Warsaw that enabled Poland to defeat and drive out the Red Army in 1920. Had the Soviets succeeded, the invasion would have given the communists the opportunity to militarily support potential revolutions in Germany and other Western European nations. 

Speaking in Warsaw on Polish Army Day, Polish President Andrzej Duda said that the battle of Warsaw in 1920 was a pivotal moment that had a major impact on the future of the world.

“The Polish Army, which the Russians underestimated, proved to be an immovable barrier,” he said. Duda added that the Poles proved they have the “hearts of lions” and that the victory, as well as all Polish history, should be a source of pride.

Soviet Russia only lost one war, the one with Poland,” said the Polish president.

During his speech, Duda also referred to the crisis on the Polish-Belarusian border. He thanked Polish soldiers and officers for their defense efforts “despite all kinds of attacks by various fools and traitors, various irresponsible people.”

He said the war in neighboring Ukraine was an important topic for the government. Despite being faced with threats on the migration and military fronts, Polish soldiers have shown themselves to be determined and resolute.

Duda added that Polish efforts to help Ukraine were also about keeping Poland secure, and he promised that the Polish Army would be adequately equipped for the task of keeping Poland safe.

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