100 Years Ago – 23 March 1920

23 March 1920

Polish forces resisted an attack on their territory by several regiments of the Red Army, entering the country via the Lithuanian border. The Poles said that they were strong enough to be able to resist what they thought was an inevitable invasion from the Bolsheviks. This was part of the on-going Polish-Soviet War, with the Russians hoping that they could make advances into western Europe. The war took place between February 1919 and October 1920 when the Polish took the upper hand and the Peace of Riga was signed.

In the House of Commons, the Prime Minister David Lloyd George, was asked by Viscount Curzon about the current wage negotiations with trade unions. This was with the backdrop of general strikes being threatened throughout Europe, with the Prime Minister replying that talks were already underway with the rail unions and the coal miners.

Neil MacLean asked in the Commons why deserting soldiers would be arrested if it was now agreed that war and militarism were to end. The Secretary of State for War, Winston Churchill, said that the army were now no longer pursuing such cases.