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Polish Armies of the Partitions, 1770-94

The tragic national epic of Polish history began in these late 18th-century wars. Under Poland's Saxon monarchy, Russia and Prussia constantly meddled in the affairs of the Kingdom. In 1768 a civil war broke out between pro-Russian 'Commonwealth' Poles and 'Confederate' patriots who opposed foreign intervention; Russia intervened directly, and the First Partition followed in 1772. Guerrilla resistance continued, and anti-Russian political moves were snuffed out by a second Russian invasion in 1792. Following a Second Partition between Russia and Prussia in 1793, Poland's national hero Thaddeus Kosciusko 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 neighbours in the late 18th century.
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Table of Contents

Introduction /Decay, 1718-60 /The Confederation of the Bar, 1768-72: Commonwealth Army under Stanislaw Augustus - Confederate army - course of the war - First Partition /The Army, 1772-88 /Defense of the Constitution, 1788-92: Organization - strategy and tactics - course of the war - Second Partition /Army of the Insurrection, 1793-94: Kosciusko - the peasant rising - course of the war - defeat - Third Partition /Polish soldiers in exile /Bibliography /Index

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Despite extraordinary victories against impossible odds, Poland succumbed to partition at the hands of its more powerful neighbors in the late 18th century. This book celebrates the diverse armies that defended independent Poland against invasion and partition.

About the Author

Vincent W. Rospond received his Masters in Eastern European History from the University of Illinois as well as studying at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. He has spent almost 20 years as an executive in the publishing and gaming industry. Vincent caught the history bug early and has spent the past 50 years collecting books and miscellanea covering his interests, and he has written articles on a variety of historical periods. He currently lives at the sunny New Jersey shore with his wife, kids and dog.


Colour representation is first class. Providing an excellent reference source, this book is a welcome addition to the series, with undoubted appeal to both the modeller and military enthusiast. - Military Modelcraft International An interesting addition to the 18th Century bookshelf. - Stuart Asquith

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