POL­ISH-SOVIET WAR Poland 1919 – 1921

History of War - - THE AFTERMATH -

one of a series of bor­der­set­ting wars in East­ern Europe, the Pol­ish-soviet War was in many ways the most dra­matic. Start­ing on the back of the Pol­ish-ukrainian War of 1919, which saw Poland suc­cess­fully push its borders east­ward while the diplo­mats in Paris were still de­bat­ing the fu­ture of the world, the Pol­ish-soviet War nearly saw the So­vi­ets cre­ate an East­ern Europe sim­i­lar to the one that would ex­ist af­ter 1945. The in­tro­duc­tion of French arms, in­clud­ing Re­nault FT-17 tanks (cre­at­ing the first ever Pol­ish ar­moured units), helped turn the tide of the war af­ter ini­tial Soviet suc­cesses, se­cur­ing the sur­vival of the Pol­ish state, at least un­til 1939.

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