Conrad, Austria-Hungary’s commander in chief, thinks that now is the time for his soldiers to attempt to regain the territory lost in Galicia. The Russians are heavily engaged in Poland against the Germans, so they should not have the forces in place to halt a determined Austro-Hungarian onslaught. He orders his armies to cross the San river and drive back the enemy.
The assault does not go according to plan. Austro-Hungarian troops cross the river, but they are unable to make any headway. And they suffer terribly from artillery fire, both from the Russians and from their own guns. It seems that the Austro-Hungarian gunners are firing more shells at their own army’s advanced positions than at the enemy.