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The Carpathian Mountains

A hold-to-light postcard of the German and Austro-Hungarian victory (shortlived) over the Russians in the Uzroker Pass in the Carpathians on January 28, 1915. %+%Person%m%32%n%Franz Conrad von Hötzendorf%-%, Chief of the Austro-Hungarian General Staff, launched an offensive with three armies on Janaury 23 including the new Austro-Hungarian Seventh Army under General %+%Person%m%27%n%Karl von Pflanzer-Baltin%-%.
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Karpathen
Siegreiche Kämpfe am Uzroker-Paß
28. Januar 1915 
The Carpathians
Victorious fighting at the Uzroker Pass
January 28, 1915
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Message dated and field postmarked September 7, 1916, 29th Infantry Division.

A hold-to-light postcard of the German and Austro-Hungarian victory (shortlived) over the Russians in the Uzroker Pass in the Carpathians on January 28, 1915. Franz Conrad von Hötzendorf, Chief of the Austro-Hungarian General Staff, launched an offensive with three armies on Janaury 23, including the new Austro-Hungarian Seventh Army under General Karl von Pflanzer-Baltin.

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Karpathen

Siegreiche Kämpfe am Uzroker-Paß

28. Januar 1915



The Carpathians

Victorious fighting at the Uzroker Pass

January 28, 1915



Reverse:

Message dated and field postmarked September 7, 1916, 29th Infantry Division.

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A mountain range curving around Austria-Hungary's northern border with Russia, to the east and south, through Romania and into Serbia. Within the arc is the great Hungarian plain. The Carpathians separate Galicia from the rest of Austria-Hungary.

In Carpathian Disaster, Geoffrey Jukes writes, 'It is difficult to imagine terrain less suited to a massive winter campaign than the Eastern Carpathians. The mountains, though not in themselves particularly high, are steep-sided, intersected by very few passes and even fewer passable roads, blocked by snow during the colder days, and by mud during the occasional daily thaws.'

Both Russia and Austria-Hungary launched offensives in the Carpathian Mountains in the first months of 1915, the Russians in an attempt to break through the mountain passes to the Hungarian plain and capital of Budapest, the Austro-Hungarians in an attempt drive the Russians from the mountains and from Galicia and Bukovina, Austria-Hungary's northeastern provinces. Unable to entrench in frozen ground, under-supplied, repeatedly launching attacks with no hope of advancing, both sides suffered heavy casualties.

The Carpathian Mountains is a mountain range in Europe.