Tuesday, November 25, 2014

November 25th, 1914

- The Polish National Committee, supportive of the Russian war effort, is founded in Warsaw today by influential Poles who believe that the best route to Polish independence is a temporary alliance with Russia.  This is in contrast to the Supreme National Committee, established in Krakow by Józef Piłsudski, which supports Germany and Austria-Hungary in the hope they will establish a Polish state if victorious.

- As the Austro-Hungarian 4th Army falls back towards Krakow, its commander has another issue to deal with - the disappearance of two of his regiments.  As it turns out, these units, totaling eight thousand soldiers, have deserted en masse to the Russians, colonels and officers included.  It is symbolic of the deteriorating morale of the Austro-Hungarian army after several months of near-constant defeats and horrendous casualties on the Eastern Front.

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