The premiere of an interactive educational application “People of Wielkopolska Region in the Polish-Bolshevik War 1920”

The premiere of an interactive educational application “People of Wielkopolska Region in the Polish-Bolshevik War 1920”

We invite you to the launch of an interactive educational application based on Internet technologies entitled: “People of Wielkopolska Region in the Polish-Bolshevik War 1920”, created to commemorate the people of Wielkopolska Region who took part in the fight for independence. This event will be held in the form of videoconference on January 26 at 12:00, via social media channels. The project was co-financed by the Multiannual Program “Niepodlegla” 2017-2022. PSNC is responsible for the technological implementation, digitization of materials and the multimedia of the project.

The idea, initiated by the Voivode of the Wielkopolska Region – Łukasz Mikołajczyk, was and still is supported by outstanding Partners. The content-related consultation and access to the collections was available thanks to the specialists from the National Museum in Poznan, the Wielkopolska Military Museum and the Wielkopolska Museum of Independence in Poznan. It was with their participation and thanks to their knowledge that the originals of written texts and archival photographs could be found and published for the first time in history. PSNC was also actively involved in the implemetation of the portal but also responsible for its final shape, interactive navigation and multimedia to create the real atmosphere of the Polish-Bolshevik war.

The project applied a rich palette of PSNC’s visual media tools to create a synergy of modern technology and historical heritage. The Partners managed to recreate battle scenes on a film set in the Poznań Fort Ia and on the military training ground in Biedrusko (filmed in September, between successive waves of the coronavirus pandemic). To this end, the project team used drones, 360 and slow-motion filming techniques. In autumn, in home recording and digitization studios, many archival photos were digitally reconstructed, several photos were selected to move their heroes in three dimensions, and the audio versions of war chronicles and museum manuscripts were recorded to compile a uniform set of events using multiple historical sources.

More than 1000 multimedia objects were collected during these four months. 450 pieces are real photographs, illustrations, maps and documents from the archives. Another 450 were taken during several reconstruction days, and nearly a hundred other materials are film etudes, intentionally made to look older. These materials were set in motion by the backstage perspective method to three-dimensional photographs. The radio plays, stories and fragments of personal reports or editions of “Kurier Poznański” newspaper in the audio version are supposed to give the impression of recordings from the real radio at the time. So far, no publication on this subject has been able to present such an extensive historical collection, and some of the witness materials or photographs presented are being published for the first time. It is also the first such an exclusive, popular science publication about the struggles of the Polish military units in the Polish-Bolshevik war.

The public premiere of the “Maps of Time” (Polish version: Mapy czasu) website will take place during a special webinar on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 12:00 via:

PSNC channel on YouTube
PSNC profile on Facebook

On this day, exactly 102 years earlier General Dowbor-Musnicki swore in the first regular formation of the Wielkopolska Armed Forces – the 1st Regiment of the Wielkopolska Riflemen at Wilhelm Square (currently Wolnosci Square in Poznan). And just like the general who gave the military banner to the ensign of the newly sworn regiment, the creators of the “Wielkopolanie w wojnie polsko-bolszewickiej 1920” website will give it to the teachers, students and everyone interested in common heritage. The Partners admit that the work on the portal made them realize how many of them have real ancestors who took part in the Polish-Bolshevik war. Finally, the motto of the common efforts on the project seems to be the words of General Waclaw Iwaszkiewicz, the commander of the Army “East”: “We salute you, brave sons of Wielkopolska!”