battle of Krasnik

By Zain Reiser, Megan Shortridge

When it started and who was in it.

The Battle of Kraśnik started on August 23, 1914 in the province of Galicia and the adjacent areas across the border in theRussian Empire, in northern Austria (now in present day Poland), and ended two days later.

The Russian empire Forces led by Baron Salza and Nikolai Ivonav.

104 infantry Battalions

100 Calvary squadrons

350 guns

Austrian-hungary forces led by Conrad Von Huzendurf and Viktor Dankal

144 Infantry Battalions

71 Calvary Squadrons

354 guns

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The battle of krasnik

Going into the battle of Kraśnik, the Austro-Hungarian forces enjoyed two key advantages over their Russian opponents: superior numbers and a better strategic position.

Dankl's First Army enjoyed a numerical advantage of ten and a half infantry and two cavalry divisions to Baron Salza's six and a half infantry and three and a half cavalry divisions.

General Alexeyev, had expected.On August 22, Alexeyev issued orders to his Fourth and Fifth Armies in an attempt to improve their position in the crash course they were now headed, aimed at a larger, flanking pair of armies. While these orders probably saved the Russian Fourth Army from a possible much worse defeat, it failed to change the nearly pre-ordained outcome of the battle.

The end of the battle of Krasnik

Once routed the Russians began a retreat towards Lublin with the also defeated Fifth Russian Army which had lost at Komarów. The victorious Austro-Hungarian forces followed, inflicting further losses on the Russians.

His performance handed the Austro-Hungarian Empire its first victory in World War I.

Russian empire and Austrian-Hungarian casutilies

(6,000 POW and 28 guns) 15,000