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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 General Vladimir Sacharow (11. 32. Division)
- IX. Corps General Dmitry Shcherbachev (5., 42. Division)
- X. Corps General Zerpitzki (9., 31. Division)
- XXI. Corps General Shkinski (33., 44. Division)
- 8th Army. Commander Alexei Brusilov
- VIII. Corps General Dragomirow (14., 15. Division)
- XXIV. Corps General Zurikow (48., 49. Division)
- VII. Corps General Eck (13., 34. Division)
Commander-in-chief – Conrad von Hötzendorf
- 4th Army. Commander - Archduke Joseph Ferdinand
- XI. Corps FML Ljubicic (11.,15., 30. Division)
- XIV. Corps FML. Joseph Roth (3., 8. and 13. Division)
- German 47. Reserve Division (General Alfred Besser)
- VI. Corps FML Arz von Straußenburg (39., 45. Division)
- Cavalry-Corps Herberstein (6., 10., 11. Cavalry-Division)
- 3rd Army. Commander - General of Infantry Svetozar Boroevic
- 38. Honved-Division General Sandor Szurmay
- IX. Corps General Rudolf Kralicek (10., 26. Division)
- III. Corps General Emil Colerus von Geldern (6., 22., 28. Division)
- VII. Corps Archduke Joseph of Austria (17., 20. Division)
The Russians were pushed away from the positions, which had threatened Krakow. The Austrian-Hungary forces claimed the battle as a victory.
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