Of course we are delighted that the University Press has decided to sponsor the 2013 WW1HA Symposium, but I’m particularly pleased because the Press has published an important book by one of our members.
It’s “Blood on the Snow: The Carpathian Winter War of 1915,” by Graydon Tunstall. The Carpathian Winter War was an engagement between Austria-Hungary and Russia in the Carpathian Mountains.
The Carpathian Mountains stretch across seven countries, from the Czech Republic, across Poland, Slovakia, Ukraine and Hungary, and down to Romania and the tip of Serbia. The worst of the terrible fighting was at Fortress Przemysl, in what’s now Poland. The Russians laid siege to the fortress, trapping 130,000 Austro-Hungarian soldiers. It was a crushing defeat for Austria-Hungary.
Here’s an account of the fighting, but if you want to know all about the battles, you can add Tunstall’s book to the pile on your nightstand. Add extra blankets to ward off anxiety that you will freeze along with the troops.