The Popiels in gen. Haller's army.
Names obtained from the site of the Polish Genealogical Society od America, at http://www.pgsa.org/polechiv.htm
uring first days of January 1919 Soviet Russia attacked Poland. Poland was not prepared for war since as a state, Poland was in existence for barely two months. With the efforts of the General National Committee (Naczelny Komitet Narodowy) and its Paris agency, a voluntary army was organized in France, whose officers and soldiers were World War I veterans from allied armies, of Polish ancestry or Poles. The army was well trained by the French instructors, equipped and armed. General Joseph Haller was appointed it's commanding officer . The army counted circa 50,000 troops. Also, a part of Bayonne Legion (Polish troops fighting during WWI as a part of the Legion d'Etrangere) joined Haller's army. The army arrived to Poland in April 1919 and took part in the war campaign against Soviet armies.(sp)
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