Polish History In July
… of 1410 forces commanded by Polish king Władysław Jagiełło defeated the Teutonic Knights at the Battle of Grunwald. The Teutonic Order had established a powerful state on the Baltic that came to threaten its neighbors. In one of the largest battles in medieval history, the forces of the Polish king defeated the Knights in a key victory that would lead to the fall of their stronghold at Malbork. The event was immortalized in an epic painting by Jan Matejko, housed in the National Museum in Warsaw. A monument to King Jagiełło can be seen in New York’s Central Park, left from the Polish pavilion at the 1939 World’s Fair. Every year on the anniversary of the battle the fields of Grunwald come alive again with a huge reenactment, one of the biggest of its kind in Europe.
Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Washington, D.C.