Władysław Belina-Prażmowski

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Władysław Zygmunt Belina-Prażmowski
Legionary, Officer, Politician, WWI participant
Kraków, Rakowicki Cemetery

Władysław Zygmunt Belina-Prażmowski (3 May 1888, in Ruszkowiec – 13 October 1938, in Venice), was a Polish cavalryman, colonel and politician.

He was a member of Związek Walki Czynnej since 1909, later Związek Strzelecki. Student of Lwów Politechnic in 1919-1913.

Serving under Józef Piłsudski, he became one of first Polish soldiers - formally under Austrian command - who entered Russian-held Polish territory during the First World War. Member of Polish Legions, organizer and commander of 1st Regiment of Polish Uhlans and later 1st Brigade of Polish Uhlans. Later he fought in the Polish-Ukrainian War (1918–1919) and Polish-Soviet War (1919–1921). In April 1919 his troops were instrumental in taking Wilno. Piłsudski would declare Belina's cavalry action a most exquisite military action carried out by Polish cavalry in this war.

From 1929 he lived in Kraków and retired from the military. In 1931-1933 he was a mayor of Kraków and from 1933 to 1937, voivode of Lwów. In 1938 he retired from public work due to worsening health; he died later that year, aged fifty.

Honours and awards

  • Gold Cross of the Order of Virtuti Militari
  • Commander's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta
  • Cross of Valour - five times
  • Officers' badge "Parasol"
  • Order of the Cross of the Eagle, Class II (Estonia, 1935)


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        The Vilna offensive was a campaign of the Polish–Soviet War of 1919–1921. The Polish army launched an offensive on April 16, 1919, to take Vilnius (Polish: Wilno) from the Red Army. After three days of street fighting from April 19–21, the city was captured by Polish forces, causing the Red Army to retreat. During the offensive, the Poles also succeeded in securing the nearby cities of Lida, Pinsk, Navahrudak, and Baranovichi.

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