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Microform Collection: Polish Legions, 1917-1918

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Polish Legions, 1917-1918 : documents (fond F-1787)

From the holdings of the State Archive of the Kiev Oblast, Kiev, Ukraine = Pol´s´ki lehiony, 1917-1918 : dokumenty (fond F-1787) / z fondiv Derzhavnoho arkhivu Kyïvs´koï oblasti, Kyïv, Ukraïna = Pol´skie legiony, 1917-1918 : dokumenty (fond F-1787) / z fondov Gosudarstvennogo arkhiva Kievskoi oblasti, Kiev, Ukraina.

The Polish Legions ("Pol'skie Legiony") were formed in June 1917 by the Poles serving in the tsarist army. In the wake of the 1917 October coup, they resisted the Bolsheviks' attempts to establish Soviet rule in Ukraine. Their aspirations for reviving the Polish state, incorporating considerable territories of land in western Ukraine were strongly opposed by the Ukrainian Central Rada. The German and Austrian military commanders also didn't want to see the well-armed Polish units in Ukraine with their controversial political agenda. Eventually, some of the Polish Legions were defeated, others were disbanded, ending this unique episode of the Polish independence movement.

Recently declassified documents in this collection provide insights that are key to understanding Polish fervor for national self-determination, including:

  • Orders by the High Command of Polish Legions
  • Personnel listings
  • Local Polish military newspapers
  • Documentation on the wages of Polish officers and soldiers
  • Romanian front correspondence regarding aid to Polish POWs
  • Minutes of conferences held by Polish officers
  • Materials on the disbandment of Polish legiomns in Ukraine

30 microfilm reels

Accompanied by printed guide with same English title as the film.
Reel 1 is a film copy of an index that appears in the printed guide.
Text in Polish; introduction and table of contents in English, Ukrainian, and Russian.

Guide has call number: Microtext Ref. Z2519 P65 2005 (LC)+ Oversize.

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LOCATION: SML, Microform (Non-Circulating)
CALL NUMBER: Film B19409