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The white Russian bear, dyed red with Austro-Hungarian blood, triumphs over the Habsburg Eagle. Russian was victorious in %+%Location%m%85%n%Galicia%-% in 1914 and early 1915. A postcard by Bianchi.
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The white Russian bear, dyed red with Austro-Hungarian blood, triumphs over the Habsburg Eagle. Russian was victorious in Galicia in 1914 and early 1915. A postcard by Bianchi.

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l'orso bianco

the white bear



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Proprieta artistica riservata - N. 88

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Saturday, September 12, 1914

"At the time when the forests on the river Raab in Galicia saw the Austrian armies fleeing across the river and when down in Serbia one after the other of the Austrian divisions were taken with their pants down and got the walloping they had long deserved, the Austrian Ministry of War suddenly remembered Švejk. Why, even he might help to get the Monarchy out of the mess. . . .

'Things are going very badly for Austria[, said Švejk]. Up above they're already creeping on us at Cracow and down below on Hungary. They're crushing us like a steam-roller on all sides and that's why they're calling me up. I read you yesterday from the newspaper, didn't I, that dark clouds were enveloping our dear fatherland.'"

Quotation Context

The antihero of Jaroslav Hašek's novel the Good Soldier Švejk, having already been jailed and detained in a lunatic asylum, was about to be sent off to war after Austria suffered defeats against Russia and Serbia. Russia defeated Austria-Hungary in the Battle of Rava Russka, and a general retreat from Galicia, ordered on September 11, 1914, turned into a rout. To the south, Serbia had defeated two Austro-Hungarian invasions by mid-September. Like his character Švejk, Hašek was an Austro-Hungarian Czech.

Source

The Good Soldier Švejk by Jaroslav Hašek, page 55, copyright © Cecil Parrott, 1973 (translation), publisher: Penguin

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1914-09-12, 1914, September, Schweik, Galician Battles of 1914