The heroic Battle of Wizna

The heroic Battle of Wizna is one of the most heroic episodes of the 1939 Polish Defensive War. It has fought 82 years ago, on 7-10 September 1939, during the German Invasion of Poland at the beginning of the Second World War.
A mural depicting the Captain of the Polish Army, Władysław Raginis. Wizna. Picture: Twitter @PL1918ENG
Around 720 Poles under Capt. Raginis had 42.000 Wehrmacht soldiers of the XIX Army Corps under General Heinz Guderian against them, but nevertheless, they managed to defend a fortified line. They were fighting for 3 days without rest or sleep. Raginis swore that he would hold position and fight Germans as long as he was alive. When the Poles started losing the battle Captain Raginis said to his troops to surrender and he committed suicide by throwing himself on a grenade.

Wizna is sometimes referred to as Polish Thermopylae, comparing the Polish forces with the legendary 300 Spartan warriors.
Listen to the Swedish Sabaton singing ”40:1” about the Polish heroes:
“No army may enter that land
That is protected by Polish hand
Unless you are 40 to 1
Your force will soon be undone”
Polish forces:
720 men (20 officers)
Six 76 mm guns
42 MGs – machine guns
2 URs – antitank rifles
German forces:
42,200 men
350 tanks
657 mortars, guns and grenade launchers
Aircraft support
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Nel Badowska

Photos: Twitter @PL1918ENG

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