Legnickie Pole

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Legnickie Pole (in 1945-1948 Dobre Pole, original ) is a village in Legnica County, Lower Silesian Voivodeship, in south-western Poland. It is the seat of the administrative district (gmina) called Gmina Legnickie Pole. Prior to 1945 it was in Germany.

It lies approximately south-east of Legnica, and west of the regional capital Wrocław. The village has a population of 780.

The village was the site of the decisive Battle of Legnica (Battle of Liegnitz, or Battle of Wahlstatt) on 9 April 1241. In the battle, Mongols of the Golden Horde led by Kadan and Baidar defeated a Polish-German army under Duke Henry II the Pious of Silesia. The Mongols annihilated their opponents and joined with the main army in Hungary, but upon receiving the news of the death of their Grand Khan Ögedei Khan, they turned back to attend to the election of a new Khagan, or Grand Khan. The site became known in German as Wahlstatt, or "battle field", in honor of the battle. The battle marked the westernmost expansion of the Mongols into central Europe. From 1335 until 1742 it was part of the Kingdom of Bohemia and thus later of Austria.

The village became part of the Kingdom of Prussia during the...
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