In early September, the Austro-Hungarian armies had invaded Russian Poland. Though they initially scored some victories, the Battle of Rava Ruska proved a different case.

Stretching their armies far too much across the Polish lands, Russian General Plehve found himself directly in front of a forty-mile gap in between the Austrian First and Fourth armies. He simply advanced his army into it, and fell upon the Austrians by both the flank and rear.

Often considered a part of the larger series of battles centered on the Austrian invasion of Poland, the Austrians lost over 120,000 men at Rava Ruska, as opposed to only 34,000 by the Russians.



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