Centenary Anniversary: Russians capture fortress of Przemyśl

Date of Anniversary: 22 March 2015
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The Austro-Hungarian fortress of Przemyśl in Galicia (present-day Poland) fell to Russian forces on March 22nd 1915 after a siege lasting more than four months.

A campaign against the Russians in the Carpathian Mountains had failed to ease the pressure on Przemyśl, and direct attempts at relief were also unsuccessful.

Around 120,000 Austro-Hungarian soldiers were taken prisoner. 

The winter fighting seriously weakened the Austrian position, but Przemyśl was to be recaptured in June 1915 as part of a German-led offensive.

Posted by: Peter Alhadeff, Centenary News




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