20 zł Wizna - Polish Thermopylae

28,28 g Ag 925

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20 zł Wizna - Polish Thermopylae
Denomination
20 zl
Country
Poland
Metal
Ag 925
Weight
28,28 g
Size
Ø 38,61 mm
Quality
Proof
Mintage
15 000 pcs
Date of issue
2019-08
Accessories
Certificate, Box
Series
Polish Thermopylae
Price: 229.00 PLN
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Another heroic battle belonging to the "Polish Thermopylae" series.

One of the most famous episodes of Poland's heroic defense in September 1939 is the Battle of the Wizna River.

Near the village there was a fortified section of the fortification defending the Narew crossing, commanded by commander Władysław Raginis. He had an infantry battalion at his disposal. There were over 350 soldiers and officers armed with 6 cannons, 24 heavy machine guns and 2 anti-tank rifles. With these forces the commander of "Wizna" for three days stopped the armoured corps of one of the best German commanders, General Heinz Guderian, consisting of several tens of thousands of soldiers.

German units attacked Poles on September 8th. Soldiers of Raginis did not succumb immediately to the powerful artillery fire and fended off the attacks. However, the numerical advantage was too great - on September 10, when the Germans had already destroyed most of the Polish shelters, Captain Raginis ruptured with a grenade.

Raginis' heroism made him one of the heroes of September 1939. The shelters commanded by Raginis, defending the "Wizna" section, gained the honorable name of the Polish Thermopylae, because of the huge numerical difference between the Polish and German army.


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