Battle of Wizna 40:1 modern Polish Thermopylae. 720 heroic Polish soldiers against 42 200 Germans during WW2. September 7 – September 10, 1939.
This blog is focused on ancient and medieval history but i have to post info about Battle of Wizna beause similarity to famous Battle of Thermopylae.
Battle of Wizna statistics
720 men (20 officers)
Six 76 mm guns
42 MGs – machine guns
2 URs – antitank rifles
657 mortars, guns and grenade launchers
Battle of Wizna facts
Brave 720 Poles defended a their homeland 3 days agains huge German odd.
40:1 means an estimated ratio of forces on both sides of battle in fact, with 42,200 Germans and 720 Poles, it is 60:1.
Poles were under command of Captain Wladyslaw Raginis who committed suicide by grenade after surrender.
Poles had only two antitank rifles but they destroyed 10 German tanks and a few armoured cars.
Several dozen of Polish soldiers got to captivity. The rest have fallen in battle. Wizna civilians were murdered.
Polish soldiers filled their oath till the total end. The heroic struggle against overwhelming odds is nowadays one of the symbols of the Polish Defensive War of 1939 and is a part of Polish popular culture.
Battle of Wizna video – 40:1 – Music by Sabaton (Swedish band)
Motto of Polish soldiers: “God, Honour, Homeland!”