The annual Battle of Ostrołęka reconstruction
The annual Battle of Ostrołęka reconstruction Ostroleka Reviews
Winning a battle, losing the war Nov 30, 2013
They say that the world peace can’t be eternal. They say it’s only a matter of time until the next battle will take place, the sound of war will be heard everywhere and war’s fire will master the Earth again. They say it’s not in human nature to live too long in the peace because we are predators. The most ironic thing about this is that most of the military interventions, yes, we call it like that, are started with the desire to bring about peace. But the past knows other wars. Wars unleashed for power, for lands, for the position, for resources, even for love. History knows battles which erased countries from the world’s map and uprisings that brought them back on it. Not all of them got a famous name and a well known date, maybe you will never hear about some of them or even about most of them, but the fact is that all of them created the world’s order that we know today.
Ostroleka is a place where you may enjoy two battle's reconstructions every year. Visiting this town in a time when the reconstrucion takes place is a good opportunity to make a time travel into the past. In fact Ostroleka was an arena of two great battles, one in 1807 and second in 1831. Let’s start from the first one. The Battle of Ostroleka was fought on 16 February 1807 between the First French Empire troops and Russian soldiers. The French were supported by the Polish Legions. The French defeated the Russian and forced them to retreat to the east. Weather conditions caused both sides to go into winter quarters immediately after the battle, which occurred during the War of the Fourth Coalition, part of the Napoleonic Wars. Ostrołęka is located in the Northeast part of modern Poland, but in 1807 it belonged to the Kingdom of Prussia. The Battle of Ostroleka is mentioned at the Galerie des Batailles at Versailles and on the Arch of Triumph in Paris.
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