"General Battle with Austrians in Galicia. A Skirmish at
Podgaitzev", lithographic print, August - September 1914.
Medium size: measures 22 ½" x 16 ½". No printer's or
censor's inscriptions but there is a "No 11" appearing at
the bottom of the image.
This battle scene has something for all students of the
First World War. The flag and the bugler alone give it
something that many early prints never include!
The text portion at the bottom reads "Our troops' offensive
against the Austrians in Galicia started and continued with
great success. The Russian army is heading east to west in
the direction from Voloshisk via Tarnopol to Lvov, and from
north to south from the Lublin District. According to the
Headquarters of the Supreme Commander, the enemy lost 3000
men in the fight near Podgaitsev. We captured 4 artillery
pieces and many caissons, another 9 artillery pieces and 60
caissons abandoned by the enemy were picked up at the
Zolotaya Lipa river crossing. We captured 1000 POWs near
Tomashov, while to the east of Tomashov an entire Hungarian
division is destroyed and surrounded. The enemy is
surrendering by entire regiments."
The condition is very good. The colors are still fresh.
There is only the slightest suggestion of crumpling or minor
tears on the outer edges. Nothing interferes with the text
or title. There are two very tiny holes in the image area;
they are so small that we never noticed them until one day
when we held this print up to the light to admire it.
Frankly, while many hundred year old prints require an
involved conversation between the print owner and his
framer before work begins, this print is unique in that it
really doesn't need much by way of special handling.
This is a very fine example of a First World War patriotic
print from Russia. If you were going to own and frame just
one image from the Great War, this would be it.