The Austro-Hungarian high command had assumed that the German success would weaken Russian forces in the north and that the Galician front would remain quiet. Both these assumptions were incorrect.
Though the Habsburg 2nd army offensive opened on 16 November and met early success, the Russians proved stronger than expected and their 4th army yielded little ground. Meanwhile, further south the Russian 2nd army advanced across the San river and moved into the Tarnów area by 20 November. Further north, the Habsburg 4th Army, supported by the 47th German Reserve Division, moved onto the offensive in the last days of November.
In fierce battles around the towns of Łapanów and Limanowa, the Russian 3rd army was beaten and forced to retreat east, ending its opportunity to reach Kraków. To avoid being surrounded, the Russian 8th Army also had to retreat, stopping its advance toward the Hungarian plains.
Order of battle
- 3rd Army. Commander Radko Dimitriev
- XI. Corps
- IX. Corps
- 4th Army. Commander - Archduke Joseph Ferdinand
- XIV. Corps. Conrad von Hötzendorf, Joseph Roth
- German 47. Reserve Division
- IX. Corps (10., 26. Division)
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