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600th Anniversary of Battle of Grunwald
July 2, 2010   
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The Battle of Grunwald, fought July 15, 1410, was one of the largest battles in medieval Europe. A total of around 50,000 men descended on the plains near the village of Grunwald and after several hours, the battle ended in a great victory for the joint Polish-Lithuanian forces.

A battle reenactment to commemorate the event takes place every year in mid-July on the plains of Grunwald in Warmia-Mazuria province, staged by a total of around 3,000 knights who come here from Poland, Germany, Italy, France, Finland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Russia, Belarus, Ukraine and even the United States. No other battle reenactment in Poland draws so many enthusiasts from Poland and abroad. Thanks to efforts by the Grunwald Foundation, “knights” have been meeting here for over a decade now and the event enjoys an ever growing popularity, seen by up to 100,000 spectators every summer.

This July marks 600 years since the Polish and Lithuanian armies defeated the Order of the Teutonic Knights of St. Mary’s Hospital in Jerusalem. The anniversary will be celebrated in Warmia-Mazuria province with military parades, displays of knightly battle, concerts, lectures and exhibitions, all related to the Battle of Grunwald. Special publications are also planned. The central part of the anniversary celebrations are the “Days of Grunwald,” leading up to an exceptionally elaborate battle reenactment on July 17 at 2 p.m.
For further information go to www.grunwald2010.warmia.mazury.pl
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