Lithuania in the News
1st August 2010
|Focus on Epic Victories on Lithuanias National Day|
Lithuanian troops marching off from the Cathedral Square in
Vilnius for the battle re-enactment. Photo courtesy lrytas.lt
On July 15 in 1410 Lithuania and Poland crushingly defeated the Teutonic Order at the Battle of Grünwald (Žalgiris in Lithuanian) in East Prussia, now part of Poland, near the villages of Grünwald, Tannenberg and Ludwigsdorf. In English histories the battle is more often called the Battle of Tannenberg. It was a decisive and historically important battle, one of largest in all of medieval Europe, which stopped the German Drang nach Osten (Thrust towards the East) for 500 years (On this website please see Lithuania/ History/ Battle of Žalgiris). The other battle also commemorated was the Battle of Durbė on July 13 1260 at Durbė in present day Latvia, which was just as important for Lithuania as the later Battle of Tannenberg was. At Durbė Lithuanian forces decisively defeated the forces of the Livonian Order, which at that time ruled most of present Latvia and Estonia and later became part of the Teutonic Order.
Vytautas with his troops marching out of Vilnius. Photo courtesy lrytas.lt
The Battle of Durbė was commemorated by Lithuanians and Latvians at Durbė in Latvia on July 12. Lithuania was represented by the Speaker of Lithuanian Parliament, Irena Degutienė.
www.baltictimes.com 14/07/10 www.kaunodiena.lt 07/06/10
www.lrytas.lt 06/07/10 www.lzinios.lt 19/07/10