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WWII Battle Reenacted
September 17, 2008   
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M³awa, a small city some 100 km north of Warsaw which today numbers around 30,000 inhabitants, was close to the Polish-German border when World War II broke out Sept. 1, 1939. Poland's 20th Infantry Division heroically held out against overwhelming German forces to the north of the city for three days during the Battle of M³awa Sept. 1-3, 1939.

The Battle of M³awa was reenacted in M³awa city center and on the historical battlefield Aug. 29-30. The crowd was particularly taken with the reenacted blowing up of a bunker captured by the enemy and an air raid on the old town marketplace. More than 2,000 infantry and cavalry backed up with tanks and armored vehicles took part in the reenactment.

There was also a picnic lunch serving typical army fare-pea soup-and a display of military memorabilia. The City of M³awa came up with the idea and organized the event while the Polonia Militaris foundation took care of the details. The event caused considerable public interest with 20,000 turning up for the reenactment alone.

Olga Bochniak
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