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Uploaded on Jun 17, 2010

Poland -- the anniversary of the great battle

In July the countries of Middle and Eastern Europe are celebrating the 600th anniversary of the battle of Grunwald (sometimes called the 1st battle of Tannenberg), which for several centuries had shaped the history of the region. The reconstruction of the battle will attract 200 thousands spectators from all over the world.

On the 15th of July 1410 the largest battle of medieval Europe took place in the plains near Grunwald in the North of Poland. Among the nearly 60 thousand people fought guests from many countries invited by the Teutonic Order: the Germans, knights from contemporary Latvia and Estonia, Austrians, Swiss, Dutch, English and French. The Polish-Lithuanian kingdom opposed them with their own inhabitants which were Polish, Lithuanians and Russians, but also with their allies: Tatars, Moldovans and Czechs. The military campaign of the 1410 was a technological breakthrough, involving both western and eastern tactics. The Poles were the first in Europe to use the pontoon bridge for military purposes.

The big celebration of the anniversary is prepared mainly by Poles and Lithuanians. In July several museums will be opened and many monuments commemorating the victory of the Polish king Jogaila, the Grand Duke of Lithuania and other famous knights will be unveiled. In many Polish cities a giant picture presenting the Grunwald events is being displayed. Along the route where the allied forces marched the new tourist tracks are set, numerous historical festives, fairs, marches, rallies and races are organized. The Lithuanians have started the production of the great historical film called „The Day of Iron". Its engagement in the commemoration announced also Belarus, whose government increasingly frequently refers to the historical heritage of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, which for 5 centuries covered the territory of the country. Poland, Lithuania and Belarus are going to emit occasional coins and stamps.

In the celebration of this great anniversary participate Polish scouts, who have for two years conducted an innovative online educational project: historical strategic game, in which participants take the roles of medieval knight families. For July the scouts prepare a great international jamboree with numerous games and workshops and a tourist rally inspired by Live Action Role Playing games, including solving historical puzzles and mysteries.




The culminating point of the celebrations will be the international ceremony held on the battle-field of Grunwald (near Olsztyn, the region of Warmia-Mazury) honoured by the participation of the presidents of several countries and appealing to the audience with the great reconstruction of the battle, in which more than 2000 participants dressed in armour and costumes from the Middle Ages will be watched by nearly 200 000 spectators. A few days later an equally impressive reconstruction of the siege of the teutonic capital -- the castle of Malbork (Marienburg) is being planned. It is worth noting that the Malbork castle is the largest and one of the most striking gothic castle in the world.

For more info see -- http://www.grunwald1410.pl, rajdgrunwaldzki@zhp.pl

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