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First World War Centenary: Monument Of Hungarian Hussar And Polish Lancer Unveiled In Przemyśl

A monument of a Hungarian hussar and a Polish lancer next to their horses, symbolising friendship and solidarity between the two peoples, was inaugurated in Przemyśl, in South-eastern Poland, by Hungarian House Speaker László Kövér and Marek Kuchciński, Speaker of Poland’s Sejm.

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In his address, László Kövér noted that over 100,000, mostly Hungarian soldiers had defended the fortress of Przemyśl against the Russians in 1914-15, and said that for Hungarians the city’s name had become “a symbol of heroic fight for the homeland”.

At the time of World War One, Hungary was instrumental in keeping the cause of Poland’s independence on the European agenda, Kövér said. The figures of the Hungarian hussard and Polish lancer are “a monument to a shared fate, camaraderie and solidarity between Hungarians and Poles”, he added.

The siege of Przemyśl was the longest siege in the history of the First World War. The Russian troops surrounded the Polish stronghold of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy on 16 September 1914 and captured it only on 22 March 1915 after the vastly outnumbered defenders heroically held out for more than 133 days.

via hungarymatters.hu and hirado.hu; photo: Darek Delmanowicz – PAP