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Battle of Bzura

Map showing the Polish assault southwards
Conflict: Polish Defence War of 1939
Date: September 9 to September 191, 1939
Place: along the shores of Bzura River near Kutno
Result: German victory
Combatants
Poland Germany
Commanders
Tadeusz Kutrzeba
Władysław Bortnowski
Gerd von Rundstedt
Johannes von Blaskowitz
Strength
8 infantry divisions, 2 cavalry brigades 12 infantry divisions, 5 armoured and motorised divisions
Casualties
unknown unknown
World War II: Polish Defensive War of 1939
Westerplatte - Krojanty - Mława - Mokra - Gdańsk Bay - Mikołów - Pszczyna - Węgierska Górka - Jordanów - Tuchola Forest - Łódź - Borowa Góra - Piotrków - Tomaszów - Różan - Radom - Łomża - Wola Cyrusowa - Hel - Wizna - Gdynia - Iłża - Warsaw - Bzura - Jarosław - Modlin - Kałuszyn - Węgrów - Lwów - Kobryń - Brześć - Kępa Oksywska - Tomaszów Lubelski - Kampinos Forest - Janów Lubelski, Wereszyca and Hołosko - Krasnystaw - Grodno - Cześniki - Krasnobród - Władypol - Szack - Wytyczno - Parczew - Kock

Battle of Bzura (also known as Battle of Kutno) took place during the Second World War, Polish September Campaign between 9 September 1939 and 19 September1, 1939 and was fought between Polish and German Nazi forces. Download high resolution version (1256x956, 402 KB)Polish Campaign - Operations - September 1-14 Source: US ARMY License: US Government document. ... Polish Defence War of 1939 Conflict World War II Date 1 September - 6 October 1939 Place Poland Result Decisive German and Soviet victory The Polish September Campaign (alternatively refered to as the German plan Fall Weiss) refers to the conquest of Poland by the armies of Nazi Germany and the... September 9 is the 252nd day of the year (253rd in leap years). ... September 19 is the 262nd day of the year (263rd in leap years). ... 1939 was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... Bzura is a river in central Poland, a tributary of the Vistula river (in Wyszogrod), with a length of 166 kilometres (25th longest) and the basin area of 7,788 sq. ... Kutno is a town in central Poland with 51,000 inhabitants (1995). ... Tadeusz Kutrzeba (15 April 1885 - 8 January 1947, general of the Second Polish Republic. ... Generalfeldmarschall Gerd von Rundstedt Karl Rudolf Gerd von Rundstedt (December 12, 1875 - February 24, 1953) was a Field Marshal of the German Army during World War II. He remains known as one of Germanys best generals, as well as for being apolitical throughout his career. ... Johannes Blaskowitz (July 10, 1883 - February 5, 1948) was a German general during World War II. During the Polish September Campaign he commanded the German Eighth Army. ... World War II was a truly global conflict with many facets: immense human suffering, fierce indoctrinations, and the use of new, extremely devastating weapons like the atom bomb. ... Schleswig-Holstein shelling Polish Westerplatte Westerplatte is a peninsula in GdaÅ„sk (German:Danzig), at an estuary of the Dead Vistula (one of the Vistula delta estuaries), in the GdaÅ„sk harbour channel. ... The Battle of Krojanty was part of the Polish September Campaign of the Second World War. ... The Battle of Mława, otherwise known as the Defence of the Mława position, took place to the north of the town of Mława in northern Poland between September 1 and September 3, 1939. ... The Battle of Mokra took place on September 1, 1939 near the village of Mokra in Silesia, Poland. ... In the history of warfare there were several battles fought in the vicinity of the city of Łódź: Battle of Łódź (1914) during World War I Battle of Łódź (1939) during Polish Defence War of 1939 This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists pages that might otherwise... 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The term Battle of Grodno might refer to two battles fought in the vicinity of the city of Grodno (now Hrodna, Belarus): Battle of Grodno (1920) (September 20-September 23), part of the Battle of the Niemen River, between Poland and Bolshevist Russia, during the Polish-Bolshevik War Battle of... Battle of Szack Conflict Polish Defence War of 1939 Date September 28, 1939 Place Szack, Poland Result Polish victory Battle of Szack was one of the major battles between the Polish Army and the Red Army fought during the Polish Defence War of 1939. ... The Battle of Kock was the final battle of the Polish September Campaign at the beginning of World War II. It took place from October 2nd through October 5th, 1939, near the town of Kock, Poland. ... Mushroom cloud from the nuclear explosion over Nagasaki rising 18 km into the air. ... 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It was the largest battle during this campaign. It took place near the Bzura river west of Warsaw. It was the Polish attempt at a counterattack, which failed after an initial success. Bzura is a river in central Poland, a tributary of the Vistula river (in Wyszogrod), with a length of 166 kilometres (25th longest) and the basin area of 7,788 sq. ... For the Second World War frigate class, see River class frigate The Murray River in Australia A river is a large natural waterway. ... Warsaw (Polish: Warszawa, see also other names, in full The Capital City of Warsaw, Polish: Miasto Stołeczne Warszawa) is the capital of Poland and its largest city. ... Counterattack is a military science term for a type of attack by defending force against an enemy attacking force. ...


Polish forces consisted of Armies 'Poznań' and 'Pomorze'. German forces consisted of Armies 8 and 10 from Army Group Sud. The Poznan is also a breed of horse. ... Pomerania (Polish: Pomorze, German: Pommern and Pommerellen, Pomeranian (Kashubian): Pòmòrze and Pòmòrskô, Latin: Pomerania, Pomorania) is a geographical and historical region in northern Poland and Germany on the south coasts of the Baltic Sea between and on both sides of the Vistula and Oder (Odra) rivers, reaching the Reknitz river...


The battle can be divided into 3 phases:

  • Phase I - Polish offensive on Stryków (9-12 September)
  • Phase II - Polish offensive on Łowicz (13-16 September)
  • Phase III - Polish retreat towards Warsaw and defeat

Offensive may relate to In sports or combat, the team which is attacking, pitching or moving forwards In language or morals, terms and concepts which are unacceptable to some people, such as swearing and profanity. ... Łowicz is a town in central Poland with about 32,000 inhabitants. ... The term retreat has several related meanings, all of which have in common the notion of safety or temporarily removing oneself from ones usual environment. ... Warsaw (Polish: Warszawa, see also other names, in full The Capital City of Warsaw, Polish: Miasto StoÅ‚eczne Warszawa) is the capital of Poland and its largest city. ...

Notes

  1. Sources vary regarding the end date, some giving 18th September while others 19th September. Brockhaus Multimedial Lexikon gives the date of 19 September as the end date of the battle.
Polish Bofors AA gun and a bombed column of Polish Army during the battle
Polish Bofors AA gun and a bombed column of Polish Army during the battle

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Lt. Roman Wójciak (843 words)
In September 1939 joined the army as an officer and was nominated a battalion commander in the Poznań Army, which he led in the September defense campaign.
Between 9-20 September 1939, during the Bzura River battle near the region of Łęczyca-Kutno-Łowicz-Sochaczew, Lt. Roman Wójciak fought with his troopers until the battalion was decimated and surrounded by squadrons of the German 8th army.
After the initial success in the first phase of the battle on the 16th and 17th of September 1939, Polish forces were surrounded by the Germans and then defeated.
Battle of the Bzura at AllExperts (1005 words)
This was the largest battle of the Polish September Campaign and took place west of Warsaw, near the Bzura River.
On September 9, the Polish Poznań Army made a counterattack from the area south of the Bzura river, its target was the German divisions advancing between Łęczyca and Łowicz.
The 26th and 16th Infantry Divisions crossed the Bzura in the area of Łowicz and the Polish 4th Infantry Division reached the road linking Łowicz with Głowno.
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