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Cmentarz wojenny nr 279 Dziekanów-Sterkowiec

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War Cemetery No. 279 - DziekanĂłw-Sterkowiec - cemetery from World War I located in the south-eastern part of the village of SzczepanĂłw in the Lesser Poland voivodship, in the Brzesko poviat, in the Brzesko commune, about 600 meters west of the Dziekanowa buildings, hamlet of the village of Sterkowiec. It is one of 400 Western-Galician war cemeteries built by the Cemetery Graves Division of the C. and K. Military Commanders in Krakow. In the VIII Brest region, there are 52 cemeteries . [source: Wikipedia, 3151854]
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History
Buried here were the soldiers of the Austrian and Russian armies, who died in fighting in the surrounding areas on November 19-22, 1914. After the Russians defeated the defensive line on the Dunajec, the Austrians formed another over Uszwica, it ran, among others, through the town of Sterkowiec. The Lviv Corps tried to stop the invading Russian troops, but was repressed. Here it came to a series of skirmishes, and the village of Sterkowiec was burnt. A few hundred soldiers died, some of them were buried in the cemetery in Sterkowiec, others in war cemeteries in neighboring towns . According to the information board mounted in the cemetery, 148 soldiers were buried, including: * 124 unidentified soldiers of the Austro-Hungarian army * 24 identified soldiers of the Russian army Shortly after the occupation of this area, some of the fallen soldiers in shallow graves were buried by the Russians, some of the local population. In 1915, after the victory of the combined Austrian and German forces in the battles near KrakĂłw and Limanowa, the Austrians proceeded to build war cemeteries, to which the bodies of soldiers exhumed from previous provisional graves were moved. . [source: Wikipedia, 3151854]
Position
The cemetery is located in the forest, in the village of Sterkowiec, between the road Sterkowiec - SzczepanĂłw and the railway line. The easiest way to get to it is down Brzozowa street, located on the right side of the road from SzczepanĂłw to Sterkowiec. The extension of Brzozowa Street is a dirt road entering the forest. The cemetery is located approx. 600 m from the intersection of roads . [source: Wikipedia, 3151854]
Description of the cemetery
The cemetery has an area of 500 m 2 and is built on a trapezoidal plan with sides 17.5 - 22.4 m long - 27.2 m. The fence is made of masonry concrete and stone pillars connected by two rows of steel pipes. The posts are of two types; smaller and larger. Entry through a two-wing iron wicket set on two low concrete-stone pylons. The main decorative element of the cemetery is a stone and concrete plinth, on which a large wooden cross has been placed. On the plinth there is a concrete slab with the inscription: UNS KAM DER FRIEDE EILIGER ALS EUCH (The room came to us earlier than you). Earth graves were deployed along the eastern, western and northern sides of the fence. They have a concrete edging and tombstone in the form of a concrete pedestal topped with a cross. Information plates were placed on the plinths . [source: Wikipedia, 3151854]
The fate of the cemetery
Today, the cemetery is overgrown with forest. In archival photographs, however, it can be seen that it was built on meadows. The Austrians set on the map access to the cemetery from a nearby railway line. The cemetery itself, however, mistakenly counted into the now-defunct DziekanĂłw, while in fact it was always located in the fields of the village of Sterkowiec . After World War II, cemeteries of the First World War were not cared for. This was not conducive to German inscriptions on plates and plates. As a result of natural natural factors, but also as a result of vandalism, the cemetery in Sterkowiec has significantly deteriorated over time. Only one grave of Russian soldiers and some tombstone survived on the grave of an unknown lieutenant of the Austrian-Hungarian army . The cast-iron crosses of the tombstones were destroyed, also the fence was seriously damaged. The wooden spans rotted, some of the posts tilted or damaged, the concrete and stone structures were covered with moss and algae. Local residents slightly renovated the fence, but unprofessional. Decayed wooden cross on the main cemetery monument in 2002 or 2003 was replaced with iron, such as on earth graves at the cemetery in SzczepanĂłw . In 1989, based on the preserved documentation, plans for the professional renovation of the cemetery were elaborated, including cleaning the cemetery area and its surroundings from the self-tills of the trees and remains of crosses and debris, tracing the square of the cemetery and paths again, rebuilding the earth graves, reconstructing the fence posts , making a new wooden cross on the central monument, anticorrosion protection of the entrance gate. Dilapidated cast iron crosses on the tombstones were planned to be replaced with wooden ones to prevent them from being stolen by the scrubbers . In the years 2006-2010 a thorough renovation and renovation of the cemetery was carried out. In the first stage of work, the rails were replaced by patterns based on original metal pipes. Because the cemetery is located in the State Forests, the forestry was cut out by samosieki. Additionally, damages to the fence pillars were supplemented and protected against further damage by weather conditions. In the subsequent stages, the monument's plinth was cleaned, the wooden cross was reconstructed on the central monument, and cast-iron crosses on collective and individual graves, and the boundaries of soldiers' graves were marked using concrete curbs. Information plates on individual graves have been supplemented. During the renovation works, the planned fence in the form of a hedge was abandoned. After renovating the cemetery, an information board was placed at the gate. On September 5, 2014, the war cemetery in Sterkowiec was devastated (cemetery No. 279 - DziekanĂłw). The steel elements of the fence were broken, which were installed several years ago as part of the renovation and nearly 100 years old entrance gate. The police took the perpetrator. Thanks to the efforts of employees of the Municipal Office in Brzesk, a copy of the stolen gate was made. On November 22, 2014, on the centenary of the fighting at the military cemetery in Sterkowiec, the Holy Mass was celebrated. in the intention of the fallen in which large numbers of residents, members of historical reconstruction groups recreating Russian and Austro-Hungarian armies, representatives of self-government authorities and non-governmental organizations participated. [source: Wikipedia, 3151854]
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Wikipedia, Self-published work, World War I Cemetery nr 279 in Sterkowiec
Wikipedia, Self-published work, World War I Cemetery nr 279 in Sterkowiec
Wikipedia, Self-published work, World War I Cemetery nr 279 in Sterkowiec
Wikipedia, Self-published work, World War I Cemetery nr 279 in Sterkowiec
Wikipedia, Self-published work, World War I Cemetery nr 279 in Sterkowiec
Wikipedia, Self-published work, World War I Cemetery nr 279 in Sterkowiec
Wikipedia, Self-published work, World War I Cemetery nr 279 in Sterkowiec
Wikipedia, Self-published work, World War I Cemetery nr 279 in Sterkowiec
Wikipedia, Self-published work, World War I Cemetery nr 279 in Sterkowiec
Wikipedia, Self-published work, World War I Cemetery nr 279 in Sterkowiec
Wikipedia, Self-published work, World War I Cemetery nr 279 in Sterkowiec
Wikipedia, Self-published work, World War I Cemetery nr 279 in Sterkowiec
Wikipedia, Self-published work, World War I Cemetery nr 279 in Sterkowiec
Wikipedia, Self-published work, World War I Cemetery nr 279 in Sterkowiec
Wikipedia, Self-published work, World War I Cemetery nr 279 in Sterkowiec
Wikipedia, Self-published work, World War I Cemetery nr 279 in Sterkowiec
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