15 Jul 2012

602 Years Ago

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The slain Grand Master Ulrich von Jungingen at the base of the Grunwald monument in Cracow.

On July 15, 1410, the allied forces of Poland and Lithuania decisively defeated the Order of Teutonic Knights in one of the greatest battles of the Middle Ages at Grunwald. The victory put a stop to the German Drang noch Osten for nearly four centuries.

Polish director Aleksander Ford depicted the climax of the battle in his 1960 film Krzyzacy [The Teutonic Knights].


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