Warsaw Uprising (1794)

Warsaw Uprising (1794)

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The Warsaw Uprising of 1794 (otherwise the "Warsaw Insurrection"; ) was an armed Polish insurrection by the city's populace early in the Kościuszko Uprising. Supported by the Polish Army, it aimed to throw off Russian control of the Polish capital city. It began April 17, 1794, soon after Tadeusz Kościuszko's victory at Racławice.

Although the Russian forces were more numerous and better equipped, the Polish regular forces and militia, armed with rifles and sabers from the Warsaw Arsenal, inflicted heavy losses on the surprised enemy garrison. Russian soldiers found themselves under crossfire, shot at from all sides and from buildings, and several units broke early and suffered heavy casualties in their retreat.

Kościuszko's envoy, Tomasz Maruszewski, and Ignacy Działyński and others had been laying the groundwork for the uprising since the spring of 1793. They succeeded in winning popular support: a National Militia was formed from several thousand volunteers, led by Jan Kiliński, a master shoemaker and one of Warsaw's notable residents. A witness to the fighting was Jan Piotr Norblin, a French-born Polish painter who created a...
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