More on the Battle of Warsaw / General Fuller’s Insights

While recently reading some of G.K. Chesterton’s written reflections in 19271 shortly after his return from his invited April-May visit to Poland, and then also some of his more abiding insights about the plight and character of Poland almost a decade later, in his posthumously published autobiography in 1936, I thought to bring to the further appreciation of a modern audience, by way of sobering counterpoint, what Major General J.F.C. Fuller also has written about the decisive Battle of Warsaw, 1920—and then also about some of the fruits of the 1944 Normandy Invasion and the vengeful 1945 conclusion of World War II, which further implemented what had been publicly stated in January of 1943, at the time of the decisive Battle of Stalingrad (which concluded on 2 February 1943): namely the fateful Declaration of “Unconditional Surrender” at Casablanca, in North Africa (by W. Churchill and F.D. Roosevelt).

As we approach the year of 2014 and the hundredth anniversary of the inception of World War I, we may also learn some things about the meaning of the 1920 Battle of Warsaw and about how things were to be a quarter of a century later when the same Bolsheviks who were earlier defeated by the Poles now occupied much of Eastern and Central Europe, and not only Poland, who had again been betrayed by her allies, and this time also militarily overwhelmed and defeated by her open enemy.

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