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On 13 June 1915, 65th Regiment of Dunin-Wąsowicz’s Uhlans got famous for their attack near Rokitna, memorable for all times for Polish arms.


106th anniversary of the famous attack near Rokitna carried out by 2nd squadron of Uhlans of 2nd Brigade of Polish Legions under command of cavalry captain Zbigniew Dunin-Wasowicz passed.

In the interwar period, this attack was placed next to the greatest successes and exploits of Polish cavalry. Today, principally historians and lovers of Polish cavalry history mind about Rokitna.

The attack became a legend just after its end.

Sacrifice and reckless courage of Polish cavalrymen forcing consecutive lines of Russian trenches had an effect not only on imagination – the blood spilt by cavalry captain Dunin-Wąsowicz’s Uhlans moved everybody, both direct observers of the battle and people knowing its course from press reports.

For Poles, the attack near Rokitna, in spite of losses sustained, became a resurrection of old cavalry traditions after years of foreign rule and a blood sacrifice for the resurgent Motherland.


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Author: Łukasz Koniarek Zakład Narodowy im. Ossolińskich (Ossolineum)

Polish Digital Equestrian Library:

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„W rocznicę szarży pod Rokitną” (2021) – Łukasz Koniarek

„Księga jazdy polskiej” (1938) – Praca zbiorowa

Szarża pod Rokitną” (2012) – Wojciech Grochowalski