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Cmentarz wojenny nr 336 Gierczyce-Czyżyczka

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War Cemetery No. 336 - Gierczyce-CzyĹźyczka - cemetery from World War I, located in the village of Gierczyce in the Lesser Poland Voivodeship, in the Bochnia poviat, in the Bochnia commune. It is one of 400 Western-Galician war cemeteries built by the Cemetery Graves Division of the C. and K. Military Commanders in Krakow. Of this number, there are 46 cemeteries in the Bochnia district . [source: Wikipedia, 3052087]
type of the cemeterywar
state of the cemeteryclosed
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It is located in the Czyżyczka hamlet belonging to Gierczyce, on the left side of the road from Zawada to Gierczyce. It is situated on the top of the hill, 363 m high, belonging to the Pogórze Wiśnicki, next to a large water reservoir. From the asphalt road leads to it between the buildings of Czyżyczki a dirt road (about 250 m in length). Next to the cemetery is a triangulation point, founded by the Austrians in 1898 . The hill is bezleśne, thanks to it extends a very wide panorama overlooking the entire horizon . [source: Wikipedia, 3052087]
The soldiers of the Russian and Austro-Hungarian armies who died in the surrounding fields at the beginning of December 1914 during the Limanowa-Pawanski operation were buried here together in one cemetery. On December 7, the Russians occupied the hills west of Stradomka in Sobolów, Gierczyce and Nieprześnia . Attacking from the side of Łapanowo and the Stradomka valley, the Austrian army captured it for several days. After a few days of extremely fierce battles, the Austrians won Russian positions on some hills, and on December 13 the Russians began a retreat further east. Roman Frodym about the hill in Czyżyczce writes: ... it was of great tactical importance, because it is the highest point in the area and extends from it a vast view of the Raba valley and the Bocheńskie foothills. It was also the target of multiple attacks by both armies. Soldiers from the Austrian Tyrolean regiments called them Śnieżna Kopa. R. Frodym, Galicyjskie War Cemeteries. Volume III. Brzesko - Bochnia - Limanowa, Pruszków 1998 . 86 soldiers were buried at the cemetery, including: * 54 soldiers of the Russian army, * 32 soldiers of the Austro-Hungarian army . [source: Wikipedia, 3052087]
Description of the cemetery
The cemetery was made on a rectangular plan. The fence consists of iron pipes placed between straight concrete pillars. In the corners of the rectangle between the pillars there is a free space through which you can enter the cemetery. Two trees (planted) grow in the southern part of the cemetery. Originally, it was planned to build a large stone mound topped with a cross, but the plan was abandoned. The main decorative element of the cemetery is a large wooden cross set in the middle between the trees, covered with a semicircular tin roof. Currently, in the middle of the cemetery there is a large earth grave, on the sides of metal crosses placed on concrete plinths. They are crosses of two kinds; Austrian single-armed and Russian two-armed. They are all made of thick iron flat bars . [source: Wikipedia, 3052087]
The fate of the cemetery
During the interwar period, the cemetery was appreciated and was cultivated by the local community. After World War II, the importance of the cemetery in the awareness of society and the authorities at that time decreased. The cemetery was naturally destroyed. It was only in the 1980s that awareness of the need to protect began to grow . Currently, the cemetery is renovated and nurtured. The original wooden fence with a wicket, which was destroyed in a natural way, was replaced with a metal fence. a new wooden cross was made and the entire cemetery was renovated . [source: Wikipedia, 3052087]
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