In the rain: 603th anniversary of glorious battle

Nearly one thousand knights from Poland, Lithuania, Belarus and Finland have participated in the reconstruction of the Battle of Grunwald.

The reconstruction is annually held in Poland in the same place where the remarkable battle was given to the Teutonic Order in 1410. There might have been rainfall and hail but the turnout rose beyound 40,000. Unfortunately, due to wet grass and soil the reconstructors did not manage to show off their skills in full.

According to Krzysztof Górecki, a director of the battle reconstruction, they had to make alternations in the scenario because horses failed to take run for attacking and infantry was unable to measure strength. Mr Górecki thanked all the participants for dedication and said that some knights got the trouble passing the night because the settlement was flooded.

The Battle of Grunwald took place 603 years ago, on July 15, 1410. The alliance of the Kingdom of Poland and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania led respectively by King Władysław Jagiełło and Grand Duke Vitaut, decisively defeated the German-Prussian Teutonic Knights, led by Grand Master Ulrich von Jungingen. 18,000 Teutons were killed in action, 14,000 being captured.


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