Has Józef Piłsudski ever fought personally with Włodzimierz Lenin? No. Did Józef Piłsudski once commanded the battle against Włodzimierz Lenin? No. But at Bobrujki, Piłsudski beat Lenin. Per procura. And it came to that ...
In October 1919, the 66th Kashubian infantry regiment included in the 16th Infantry Division (probably the Operational Group Polesie) met with great honor, the Chief of State Józef Piłsudski himself accepted the honorary head of the regiment. This was of great importance for raising the morale of the soldiers, who felt from that moment obliged to an even greater war effort and even paying tribute in blood with the Bolshevik enemy, so as not to disappoint their honorary "father."
On June 21, 1920, a section of the front near Bobrujki, on the Mytwa River in Belarus, was manned by the 66th Infantry Regiment under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Czesław Jarnuszkiewicz, assigned to the Poleska Group (from the dissolved Army of the Reserve). It consisted of only two battalions, with very low personnel, so that the total regiment had only about 450 (!) Soldiers. Due to the thinness of their strength, both battalions changed on the first line every 24 hours. However small in size, the regiment had very high morale, the soldiers were in a great mood. In addition, the Polish branch maintained contact with the 34th Infantry Regiment in Kustownica in the north and the 22nd Infantry Regiment in Dobryń in the south. Front continuity was fairly maintained.
In order to improve defense conditions, grain was mowed before Polish positions, creating a wide, exposed area that made it difficult to hide the enemy's hidden attack.
On June 25, the 2nd battalion (consisting of four companies) of second lieutenant Marcin Kamieński was manned by 218 soldiers with 7 heavy machine guns. Three companies (5, 6 and 8 were in the trenches on the first line, the fourth was covering the left wing of the Polish forces. Patrols reported the presence of large enemy forces in the villages in the foreground Bobrujek. The commander ordered an ambulance, but all night was calm.
At dawn on June 26, 1920, Lieutenant Kamieński sent new patrols that quickly returned under the fire of an approaching enemy. Just after patrols were three battalions of 216 rifle regiment of Włodzimierz Ilijicz Lenin, probably about 1,500 soldiers in total. The first battalion was scattered into a tyralier, the other two followed him, led by riding commanders and commissioners. The Bolshevik regiment had excellent morale, Lenin's name obliged the soldiers (also by the rebuke of the commissioners) to intensify their efforts. An overwhelming numerical advantage (1500 out of 218) allowed us to hope for overcoming Poles in the first attack.
Polish soldiers allowed Russian troops close to their positions, clearly visible, walking in the previously prepared field, and then opened a murderous fire from ckm and small arms. The machine fire opened at close range decimated the Red Army who couldn't hide. The enemy soldiers fell like a crop of mown grain. Despite such a strong fire, thanks to the large personality and high morale, some of the enemy forces reached several meters from the position of the 5th company. The Bolshevik attack collapsed only after the attackers threw their hand grenades at Polish defenders.
The determined opponent, after reorganization, struck again. The Red Army soldiers, in the strength of three battalions, attacked the positions of three Polish companies. Regardless of the losses, the enemy was advancing. Despite heavy fire, the Bolsheviks with the shout "for dwarf army!" Broke into the trenches of the 5th and 6th companies. They were rejected only in a murderous battle against bayonets, butts and officer's sabers, pushing the attackers before the positions of the 8th company and its 4 hgms. A powerful machine fire massacred densely positioned shooters, causing them to hasten retreat in disarray. Retreating Russians left dozens dead.