THE LEGION OF UKRAINIAN SICH RIFLEMEN, 1914-1920.
By Marcin Hasik
The outbreak of the Great War saw a number of smaller nations such as the Czechs, Poles and Irish forming independent units within big Empires in the hope of gaining independence or some sort of autonomy. The Legion of Ukrainian Sich Riflemen of the Austro-Hungarian Army was formed from volunteers in the Western Ukrainian region of Galicia in August 1914, just after the outbreak of the First World War. Ten thousand Galician Ukrainians volunteered to join the legion but the Austro-Hungarian High Command set a limit of 2500 soldiers. Ukrainski Sichovi Striltsi, or USS fought the Russian Imperial Army on the Eastern Front.
Marcin previously presented a trilogy of lectures for Dublin Branch of the WFA about Polish involvement in the First World War. He's a member of the Military History Society of Ireland and WFA. He works as a civil servant in Dublin.
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