Battles in the Carpathians
First World War is considered as the biggest armed conflict in the history of Slovakia. The countries of the Triple Alliance (Germany, Austria-Hungary, Turkey) and the countries of the Triple Entente (England, France, Russia) fought against each other. Slovakian soldiers had to fight on the Austria-Hungary side and at the end of 1914 Russian army occupied today’s Humenné, Medzilaborce, Snina, Stropkov i Svidník.
This area in the period from November 1914 until May 1915 gained strategic importance and the Carpathian section of the eastern front became the place of intensive militant operations that determined the future fate of the First World War.
Battles in Carpathians in its culminating phase since January 1915 became one of the most crucial and bloody battlefields that influences the entire life of Slovakians. Public oppositions were related to the imprisonment of the protestants. Women worked on the fields and in the factories, from the destroyed church bells the cannons were cast, villages were falling into decline.
Easter Battle in the Carpathians
Battles that were fought between the Russian and Austria-Hungary forces in the Carpathians, between 24 March and 13 April 1915 is defined as the Easter Battle in Carpathians. Their most bloody episode took place east from the Laborec river, between the Svetlice and Výrava. Although, Russian forces did not conquer the Austria-Hungary line of defense, but its heroic struggle took a heavy toll of lives of thousand soldiers.