National Geographic : 1918 Dec
Photograph by M. O.Williams CZECHO-SLOVAKS IN SIBERIA: MEMBERS OF A DEMOCRATIC ARMY WHICH HELPEDTO THWART GERMANY IN HER EFFORT TO ORGANIZE RUSSIA AS A FIGHTING FORCE AGAINST THE ALLIES The Czecho-Slovaks, 40,000 in number, now garrison practically every town along the Trans-Siberian Railway from the Urals toHarbin. When they reached Siberia from the Russo-Austrian front they had practically no arms. The Bolsheviki were well armed and insome instances com manded by German officers, but the dauntless Czecho-Slovak soldiers attacked the enemies of order and freedom with bare hands and rocks, seized the machine-guns and rifles, and thus equipped themselves with the weapons of their foes. Suchisthe caliber of the men who are todefend the new nation of Czecho-Slovakia in the heart of Europe. Their achievements in Siberia form one of the most dramatic chapters inhistory.