Poland During World War I: Phoenix Rising from Ashes

The hard fought battles of the Polish nationalists against Russia were rewarded when Poland was proclaimed an independent state by Germany and Austria. But Germany refused to relinquish control over the Polish government.

However, the defeat of Poland's dividing parties in the 1st World War heralded Poland's independence on November 9, 1918.

While the Treaty of Versailles (1919) gave back Poland access to the Baltic Sea and the Prussia-occupied territories, she herself fought and reclaimed her territories from the Russian clutches. Slowly and steadily, Poland was on the way to establishing herself on the geographical scene.