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Tango0104 Jan 2023 4:52 p.m. PST

"November 11, 1918, was a joyful day for the citizens of Western countries and nations identifying themselves with Western civilization. On that day in Compiegne, a ceasefire on the Western front of the "Great War" was signed, with which the Poles hoped to regain their independence. The establishment of two competing blocks at its start the Triple Alliance of Germany, Austria-Hungary and Italy, and the Triple Entente of France, Britain and Russia created a situation in which the partitioning countries found themselves in opposite camps. The collapse of "white" Russia and the creation of the Bolshevik state on its ruins, towards which the West (mainly France, traditionally oriented towards Russia) had no obligations, keeping a reserve towards it, followed by the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and the defeat of Germany, created a situation that generations of Poles had been waiting for. Already during the war, the Polish question assumed an international character. Its prolongation exhausted the mobilization reserves of the participants in the conflict, especially the Central Powers, which suffered severe losses in the Battle of Verdun, France, lasting from February to December 1916. Solutions were sought to attract the Polish recruits, known for their valor. The parties to the conflict bid on the Polish question more out of necessity than out of conviction, outrivaling each other in promises to recreate (in various constellations) a "free Poland," which they set as one of their war goals…"

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