WORLD WAR I

GENESIS CZECHOSLOVAK LEGION
LEGION IN RUSSIA

LEGION IN FRANCE

IN THE ALLIED ARMED FORCES

EVACUATION
IN A FREE HOME

EPILOGUE

 

INTRODUCTION
PHOTOGALLERY
CONTACT



EVACUATION

40 transports were ready for the evacuation of Czechoslovak legions from Russia. These transported 67.730 people altogether, out of them were 56.459 soldiers and 11.271 civilians. Ships with the evacuated left Vladivostok in the following direction:

- past Asia, through the Suez Canal to Terst,
- across the Pacific Ocean, Panama Canal, the Atlantic Ocean to Terst or Hamburg,
- across the Pacific Ocean, Canada, the Atlantic Ocean to Hamburg.

The first transport was dispatched with wounded on 15th January 1919, the last with a part of units of the 3rd Rifle Division on 2nd September 1920.

Apart from 4.112 legionnaires killed in Russia, several others died of the consequences of their illness in the course of the ship transport. After a six-year separation from their families they were so close to their homes! Especially burying legionnairesď children at sea was emotional when a small body of a corpse was dropped into the sea with a white-red flag and a wreath.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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