Polish Armies of the Partitions 1770-1794
Publication Date: January 22, 2013
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Guerrilla resistance continued, and anti-Russian political moves were snuffed out by a second Russian invasion in 1792, which provoked an immediate Prussian invasion, too. Following a Second Partition between Russia and Prussia in 1793, Poland's national hero Thaddeus Kosciusko - who had formerly served under Washington in the American Revolution - led a national uprising against the invaders in April 1794. After remarkable victories against the odds at Raclawice and Warsaw, the patriots were finally defeated by the combined armies of Prussia and Russia at Maciejowice. This led to the Third Partition of 1795, between Prussia, Russia, and Austria, and Poland ceased to exist as a political nation.
Featuring specially commissioned full-color illustrations, this is the epic story of Poland's doomed struggle to remain independent in the face of aggression from its neighbors in the late 18th century.
Alexander M. Bielakowski completed his Ph.D. in US military history at Kansas State University. He has written several articles on various aspects of military history, with a special interest in horse cavalry during the 20th Century. In 2000 he attended the West Point Summer Seminar in Military History at the United States Military Academy, and served as a historical consultant and interviewee for the History Channel documentary "Animals in Action: Horses" (2002). Dr. Bielakowski is an Associate Professor of Military History at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. The author lives in Leavenworth, KS.
"...richly illustrated with images of Kosciuszko and other soldiers, including some in quite exotic uniforms, who fought in the doomed struggle to preserve Poland’s independence in the face of aggressive neighbors."
- Toy Soldier & Model Figure (May 2013)
"...offers a fine survey of the Polish-Lithuanian armies of the late 18th century. From their organization and their distinctions to historic battles and confrontations, this history is illustrated with a combination of rare early images and colorful artwork which brings to life the uniforms, equipment and statistics of the Polish armies. Highly recommended!"
- The Midwest Book Review (April 2013)