Rudolf Schuster, Slovak ex-president during the opening ceremony of the Legion train in Košice, Slovakia
The mobile Checzoslovak Legion Train - replica of the original legions train on the Trans-Siberian Railway during the First World War - on display in the heart of Košice, the second biggest city of Slovakia.
KOŠICE, SLOVAKIA - 22nd AUGUST
Rudolf Schuster, ex-president of Slovakia was also seen at the opening ceremony.
The Czechoslovak Legion or Czech legion were volunteer armed forces composed predominantly of Czechs with a small number of Slovaks (approximately 8 percent) fighting together with the Entente powers during World War I. Their goal was to win the Allies' support for the independence of Bohemia and Moravia from the Austrian Empire and of Slovak territories from the Kingdom of Hungary, which were then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. With the help of émigré intellectuals and politicians such as the Czech Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk and the Slovak Milan Rastislav Štefánik, they grew into a force of over 100,000 strong. In Russia, they took part in several battles of the war, including the Zborov and Bakhmach against the Central Powers, and were heavily involved in the Russian Civil War fighting Bolsheviks, at times controlling the entire Trans-Siberian railway and several major cities in Siberia.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY Robert Nemeti/Barcroft Images
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