In December 1914, Hungarian and Polish troops performed one of the most outstanding strategic feats of arms of World War I. The name of Limanowa has become synonymous with the eternal example of heroic conduct and self-sacrificing fight. The Hungarian hussars fighting in this battle earned imperishable merits in stopping the Russian “steamroller” and thereby created a turning point on the Eastern Front.
On the 109th anniversary of the battle, at the invitation of the mayor of Limanowa, Poland, the representatives of the MoD Military History Institute and Museum (MHIM) attended a commemorative holy mass and wreath-laying ceremony held for the soldiers killed in action in the WWI military cemetery No. 368.
“To mark the 100th anniversary, the Ministry of Defence and the Office of Lesser Poland Voivodeship jointly restored the cemetery, and the Polish side has always undertaken to tend the graves. The Limanowa military cemetery has become an important link between the two nations, further strengthening the century-long Polish–Hungarian friendship”, said Lieutenant Colonel Roland Maruzs, Deputy Commander, MoD MHIM.
To the present day, the Polish side pays its respect to the Hungarian heroes of Limanowa. Without their heroic stand, Krakow and its vicinity would have fallen into Russian hands, and the hussars also successfully pushed back the Russian advance towards Vienna.
(Press release of the Ministry of Defence)