The Czech Legion was not just a single military unit, but a volunteer army that fielded up to 100,000 troops on the Allied side on all three main fronts in World War I (1914-1918). Since only the defeat of Austro-Hungary and Germany offered any hope of Czech national independence, they were amongst the most motivated and steadfast of the Allied forces in France, the Italian Alps and Russia. In one of the most colorful and extraordinary episodes of the 20th century they fought their way across Russia in the aftermath of the Bolshevik Revolution, captured the Russian national gold reserves in Kazan, and used this as a bargaining chip to force the Bolsheviks to allow them to return home, in an epic journey closely followed by the Western press. The Legion played a central part in the foundation of the Czechoslovakian nation with the leaders of independent Czechoslovakia - Masaryk, Benes and Stefanik - all emerging from the Legion's ranks. Today the Legion is recognized as the founding fathers of Czech nationhood and are idolized by the US Czech community as a result.
About the Author
David Bullock was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. He holds a Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Arizona, an M.A. in Communication from Washington State University, and a B.A. in Journalism from Walla Walla University. Currently, he is a member of the Walla Walla University Communications and Languages faculty, and has received multiple professional awards, including being named the Walla Walla University Distinguished Faculty Lecturer in 2013. He has been honored as a William Landeen Library Lecturer as well as a Humanities Washington Inquiring Minds Lecturer.
Leigh Neville is an Australian intelligence specialist who is currently studying for a degree in International Security. He has published a number of articles on the subject and has excellent contacts in the US, UK and Australian special forces. The author lives in New South Wales, Australia.
RAMIRO BUJEIRO has become a frequent and popular contributor to Osprey Military's book series since illustrating "Warrior 23, US Marine in Vietnam" (1998). He is an experienced commercial artist who lives and works in his native city of Buenos Aires, Argentina. His professional background includes many commissions as a figure illustrator and strip cartoonist for clients all over Europe and the Americas, including many years' work for IPC Magazines in Great Britain. His main interests are the political and military history of Europe in the first half of the 20th century.
"The Czech Legion was not just a single military unit, but a volunteer army that fielded up to 100,000 troops on the Allied side on the three major fronts of the war. Since only the defeat of Austro-Hungary and Germany offered any hope of Czech national independence, they were amongst the most motivated and steadfast of the Allied forces." -Game Trade Magazine (April 2008)
"It is the story of men that was heavily suppressed while Czechoslovakia was under first Nazi and later communist rule. A fascinating read and a book I can highly recommend to you." -Scott Van Aken, Modeling Madness/modelingmadness.com (December 2009)