Tag: Eastern front
The victorious offensive in the summer of 1916, that permitted to the 8th Russian Army of ease the pressure on the French and forced to a disastrous retreat the Austro-Hungarians, bears the name of the general who led it. Aleksei Brusilov (1853 - 1926) was descended from a family that for three generations had served the Czar; among others, his grandfather served as an officer during the attack of Napoleon's troops in 1812. His military career began with the Page Corps at the Military Academy...
The Russian offensive in Galicia, in the fall of 1914 shattered against the heavily defended fortress of Przemysl, on the eastern front. The siege, which lasted 133 days, finally ended by starvation and caused heavy losses to the Austro-Hungarians on the one hand and on the other to the tsarist army. 117.000 Austro-Hungarian soldiers were taken prisoner.
On 22 March of 1915, 117,000 Austrian soldiers surrendered to the Russian forces in what was the longest siege of the Great War, having resisted for 133 days in the fort of Przesmyl, in Galicia. They were the last survivors of a contingent of 127,000 soldiers and 18,000 civilians.