32 photos of Czechoslovak Legion

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32 photos of Czechoslovak Legion

Post by South » 11 Feb 2019 07:28

https://www.rferl.org/a/the-odyssey-of- ... 59515.html


Good morning all,

Since this section "Allies and the Neutral States in general", has categories starting with 1895, 1919, 1917, that it's appropriate to place above link here.

Ref picture 11: Annotate caption with President Reagan's "Trust but verify".

Note captions 26 and 28.


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Re: 32 photos of Czechoslovak Legion

Post by ManfredV » 11 Feb 2019 13:10

Thanks a lot!

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Re: 32 photos of Czechoslovak Legion

Post by wm » 13 Feb 2019 00:32

the Czechoslovaks handed over the White Army’s commander to the Reds
The commander was none other but the Supreme Leader and Commander-in-Chief of All Russian Land and Sea Forces, Russia's internationally recognized head of state admiral Alexander Kolchak.

Monument to Admiral Alexander Kolchak in Irkutsk, where he was murdered by the Bolsheviks shortly after the betrayal.
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Re: 32 photos of Czechoslovak Legion

Post by South » 13 Feb 2019 07:28

Good morning Manfred V and Wm,

Manfred, glad to liked the pictures.

Wm, great info re Admiral Kolchak. Had not known this. It's now permanently in my mind because I know a little about Irkutsk on studies of the Trans Siberian Railroad.

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Post by wm » 13 Feb 2019 13:05

A trailer of the Russian movie Admiral (2008). It's the story of the polar explorer, war hero, the head of the Provisional All-Russian Government admiral Alexandr Kolchak.


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Re: 32 photos of Czechoslovak Legion

Post by South » 13 Feb 2019 14:02

Good morning Wm,

Most appreciative on augmenting this thread.

Admiral Kolchak is far from known here in the States. Didn't know of his Polar expeditions.

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Re: 32 photos of Czechoslovak Legion

Post by ManfredV » 13 Feb 2019 17:00

Kolchak wasn't "Russia's internationally recognized head of state". Only a few states recognized "white government". Most states waited who will win. Entente used him as long they needed him. He was a dictator, too. He fought against communists but also Menshevics, Socialrevolutionists and liberals etc.
He ended by betrayal and was executed. Thats tragically. But he wasn't better or worse than the communists and neither a hero nor an "angel". He was loser in a fight of two non-democratic and dictatorial movements.
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Post by wm » 13 Feb 2019 20:00

The White Movement and his government was the legal successor of the Russian Empire so really he didn't need any recognition.
Still, he was recognized by all great powers and that was sufficient, small fry as usual had nothing to say in that.

The other parties were different from the communists in details only. The last thing his desperately fighting army needed was a quarreling parliament full of communists and wanna-be communists in tow.

Dictatorial powers in time of war were the norm at that time. Turkey, Hungary, Poland, the Baltic States were saved by such (temporary) dictators.

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Post by wm » 13 Feb 2019 20:15

The Japanese cruiser Takasago, lost during a reconnaissance mission near Port Arthur in 1904.
A minesweeper captain Alexandr Kolchak was credited for her sinking and awarded Order of St Anna and Sword of St George for the action.
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In the movie Admiral Takasago was replaced by SMS Friedrich Carl resulting in one of the fakest battles in cinema history.
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Post by wm » 14 Feb 2019 19:01

Kolchak Monument on well, Kolchak Island. He discovered it during the Russian expedition of 1903.
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He spent almost three years in the Arctic, here Kolchak wintering in Taimyr in 1900–1901.
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