The Czechoslovak Legion 1914-1920
My next book will be None Shall Pass Us by in Silence, The Czechoslovak Legion, 1914-1920.
"Neither the Allies or Vienna will be able to pass us by in silence if we have soldiers."
The Czar of Russia gave permission for the formation of a military organization comprised of Czech and Slovak immigrants under Russian Officers. Thus was born what later became the Czechoslovak Legion.
The Legion fought first for the Czar, then the Russian Revolutionary Government that briefly followed the Czar, and the Allies against the Central Powers. With the end of World War I, the Legion fought, initially for their own survival, the Bolsheviks, as an Allied military formation, making their way across 4000 miles of Russia to Vladivostok, and from there to home. The Legion’s story involves events in Russia, decisions made in the capitals for Europe, numerous Allied armies, and a government created in exile for a Czechoslovak state that did not exist, initially, except in the minds of its founders.
The Legion captured the imagination and commanded the respect of the Allied nations and gave legitimacy to the Czechoslovak government in exile’s claim to self-rule.
As I write this book, the Legion will remain at the center of the story, but it is important to look at a context larger than their actions to understand their accomplishments.
What they did was no less than earn nationhood for the Czechoslovak people.
Watch this page for updates about the book.
Here are some images from my personal collection that will be in that book:
Following are some of my research/resources used to date for the book:
Ackerman, Carl, “Trailing the Bolsheviki,” Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York, 1919
Baerlein, Henry, "The March of the 70,000," Leonard Parsons/Whitefriar Press, London 1926
Becvar, Gustav, “The Lost Legion: A Czechoslovakian Epic"
Benes, Eduard, “My War Memoirs,” Allen and Unwin, LTD. London, 1928
Bradley, John,. “ The Czechoslovak Legion in Russia”, East European Monographs, Columbia University Press, NY, 1991
Dobson, Christopher and Miller, John, “ The Day We almost Bombed Moscow, The Allied War in Russia, 1918-1920,” Hodder and Stoughton, London, 1986
Dupuy, R. Ernest,. “Perish By the Sword”, Military Service Publishing, Harrisburg, PA, 1939
Fic, Victor M., “Revolutionary War for Independence and the Russian Question, Czechoslovak Army in Russia, 1914-1918,” Abhinav Publications, New Delhi, 1977
Fic, Victor M., “The Bolsheviks and the Czechoslovak Legion,” Shakti Malik, New Delhi 1978
Glos, Blanka and Glos, George., “Czechoslovak Troops in Russia and Siberia during the First World War,” Vantage Press, NY 2000
Horne, Charles, “The Odyssey of the Czecho-Slovaks,” Great Events of the Great War, Vol. IV, National Alumni Press, 1920
Hoyt, Edwin P., “The Army Without a Country,” MacMillan, New York/London 1967
Ivicic, Vaclav, “Short History of the 7th Czechoslovak “Tatransky” Rifle Regiment” http://www.tatranci.sk/en/index.php?subory=2
Kinvig, Clifford, “Churchill’s Crusade, The British Invasion of Russia 1918-1920,” Hambledon Continuum, NY, 2006
Masaryk , Thomas, “ The Making of a State: Memories and Observations, 1914-1918,” Frederick Stokes, New York, 1927
Stewart, George, “The White Armies of Russia, A Chronicle of Counter-Revolution and Allied Intervention,” New York, 1933 (reprint by Naval and Military Press)
Willett, Robert, “Russian Sideshow, America’s Undeclared War,” Brassey’s, Washington, DC, 2003