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Polish in Allied Forces of World War One (1914-1918)

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  • Pvt Peter Wnuk (1895 - 1990)
    Peter Wnuk, Private, Winona. Entered service April 27, 1917. Trained at Fortress Monroe. Overseas Aug. 25, 1917, with Batterv B, 53rd C. A. Participated in batlles of Montididier- Noyon defensive. St...
  • Szczepan "Steve" Kulas (1891 - 1959)
    World War I: CAC, Pvt.
  • John C Kulas, III (1894 - 1957)
    Minn., Cook, 2nd Bil. and Sup. Det., WWI
  • Philip (Teofil) Roman Myszka (1887 - 1953)
    World War I: Wis., Mus. 3 CL, HQ, CO, 132nd Infantry World War I: R 33, Athens, Marathon Co., Wis., Army, Hq. Det., 603rd Engrs., musician third class, #3749707.
  • Martin Pionk (1891 - 1918)
    WWI: 5th Prov. Rgt., 164th DB., 3rd Dev. Bn., died of pneumonia

The purpose of this project is to remember & honor the service and sacrifices of those ethnic Poles who served on the side of the Allied military alliance during World War I.

Allied Power Nations - Russia & France were forced into war, when Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia on 28 July, 1914. Day's later, Britain's ultimatum to Germany was rejected, with the invasion of Belgium on 4 August, 1914 and the British Empire, including Canada & Australia, were at war. The British Empire allied with other members of the Triple Entente, France and Russia against the German and Austrian-Hungarian empires (Central Powers). On April 6, 1917, the United States declare war on Germany and on December 7, 1917, the United States declare war on Austria-Hungary, becoming part of the World War I military alliance, known in the U.S. as the “Allies”. Eventually there were 25 nations in the Allied Powers military alliance, plus legions or armies without a nation, such as Poland & Czechoslovakia.

Poland in the years leading up to & during World War I, did not exist. Today's Poland, was then divided between the countries of Germany, Russia & Austria. Each of these countries had Poles in their armies. Poles served in both the Allied & Central Powers armies, forcing Poles to sometimes fight against each other on both the Eastern & Western Fronts.

Allied Power Polish - Most of the Poles in the Russian army, were involved in the Eastern Front, opposing the Central Powers armies, including other Poles in the German (Prussian) and Austrian-Hungarian armies. Starting in 1915 & 1916 respectively, Canadian & Australian Poles were showing up in the European war on the Western Front, along side of the other British and French armies. In early 1917, Polish volunteers from Canada, the U.S. & overseas, were being trained in Ontario, Canada and sent overseas, becoming part of a large force being formed in France called the Polish or Blue or Haller's Army. Some of this army were former Polish "Central Powers" prisoners of war, some were Poles in the French Foreign Legion & a large number were American/Canadian and other volunteers. By the end of 1917, the largest number of ethnic poles on the Allies Western Front, came likely, from American forces. It is estimated that over 300,000 Polish-Americans served in World War I and 12 percent of the U.S. casualties were ethnic Poles.

Early in 1917 U.S. President, Woodrow Wilson expressed his support for a independent and autonomous Poland. His statement likely had a positive effect on unifying the Polish-American war effort.

Links:

THE GREAT WAR - WEEK BY WEEK 100 YEARS LATER

POLISH LEGION OF AMERICAN VETERANS

Kashubians in Allied Forces of WWI (1914-1918) (find-a-grave virtual cemetery)

US Soldier casualties of the great war (3 volumes)

Polish American Congress and WW1

Wisconsin World War I data base

Illinois Roll of Honor search

North Dakotans who served

Minnesota World War I deaths by county

Walsh county, North Dakota, in the world war

World War I, Day County South Dakota

Winona in the World War (1917-1919)

Morrison County, Minnesota, WWI veterans

Portage County Polish Army Recruiting

Polish (Russian) Army in the East (1914-20)

World War I prisoners of war

Doughboy missing in action (1917-1920)

Researching National Archives World War I Records

U.S. World War I military records

Stowarzyszenie Weteranów Armii Polskiej w Ameryce (SWAP)

Armia Polska we Francji

Haller Army

The Niagara-Berezyna Axis

The Daily Life of Polish Soldiers Niagara Camp, 1917-1919

Polish Army Camp in Canada

Canadian Great War Project

FEEFHS - Polish Army in France data base

First World War Central Power POW Camp photographs POW camps: Darmstadt, Rastatt, Metz, Giessen, Goettingen, Limburg, Langensalza, Koenigsbrueck, Karlsbuhn, Tuchel, Meschede, Halle-am-Saal, Marienberg, Osnabrueck, Stargard, Ohrdruf, Heuberg, Ulm, Burg, Wetzlar, Lamsdorf, Schneidemuehl, Stralkowo, Guestrow, Neuhammer, Ivangorod, Nagymegyer, Minden, Josefstadt, Kaltenkirchen, Salzwedel, Ruhleben, Freidberg, Doeberitz, Werl, Schneidemuehl, Doeberitz, Freistadt, Guetersloh, Muenden, etc…

Komunikacja pocztowa w Błękitnej Armii Hallera w latach 1917–1920

Polish territories between 1914 and 1921

Polish military cemetery of Aubérive

Aubérive (Cimetière militaire)

Legionu Bajończyków

U.S. National (Military) Cemetery search

U.S. Navy deaths

A guide to the American battle fields in Europe (1920)

Les Polonais en France, 1914-1918

The purpose of this project is to remember & honor the service and sacrifices of those ethnic Poles who served on the side of the Allied military alliance during World War I.

Allied Power Nations: Russia & France were forced into war, when Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia on 28 July, 1914. Day's later, Britain's ultimatum to Germany was rejected, with the invasion of Belgium on 4 August, 1914 and the British Empire, including Canada & Australia, were at war. The British Empire allied with other members of the Triple Entente, France and Russia against the German and Austrian-Hungarian empires. On April 6, 1917, the United States declare war on Germany and on December 7, 1917, the United States declare war on Austria-Hungary, becoming part of the World War I military alliance, known in the U.S. as the “Allies”. Eventually there were 25 nations in the Allied Powers military alliance, plus legions or armies without a nation, such as Poland & Czechoslovakia.

Allied Power Polish: Most of the Poles in the Russian army, were involved in the Eastern Front, opposing the Central Powers armies, including other Poles in the German or Austrian-Hungarian armies. Starting in 1915 & 1916 respectively, Canadian & Australian Poles were showing up in the European war on the Western Front. In early 1917, Polish volunteers from Canada, the U.S. & overseas, were being trained in Ontario, Canada and sent overseas, becoming part of a large force being formed in France called the Polish or Blue or Haller's Army. Some of this army were former Polish "Central Powers" prisoners of war, some were Poles in the French Foreign Legion & a large number were American/Canadian and other volunteers. By the end of 1917, the largest number of ethnic poles on the Allies Western Front, came likely, from American forces. It is estimated that over 300,000 Polish-Americans served in World War I and 12 percent of the U.S. casualties were ethnic Poles.

Early in 1917 U.S. President, Woodrow Wilson expressed his support for a independent and autonomous Poland. His statement likely had a positive effect on unifying the Polish-American war effort.

Links:

US Soldier casualties of the great war (3 volumes)

Polish American Congress and WW1

Wisconsin World War I data base

Illinois Roll of Honor search

North Dakotans who served

Minnesota World War I deaths by county

Walsh county, North Dakota, in the world war

World War I, Day County South Dakota

Winona in the World War (1917-1919)

Morrison County, Minnesota, WWI veterans

Portage County Polish Army Recruiting

Polish (Russian) Army in the East (1914-20)

World War I prisoners of war

Doughboy missing in action (1917-1920)

Researching National Archives World War I Records

U.S. World War I military records

Stowarzyszenie Weteranów Armii Polskiej w Ameryce (SWAP)

Armia Polska we Francji

Haller Army

The Daily Life of Polish Soldiers Niagara Camp, 1917-1919

Polish Army Camp in Canada

Canadian Great War Project

FEEFHS - Polish Army in France data base

First World War Central Power POW Camp photographs POW camps: Darmstadt, Rastatt, Metz, Giessen, Goettingen, Limburg, Langensalza, Koenigsbrueck, Karlsbuhn, Tuchel, Meschede, Halle-am-Saal, Marienberg, Osnabrueck, Stargard, Ohrdruf, Heuberg, Ulm, Burg, Wetzlar, Lamsdorf, Schneidemuehl, Stralkowo, Guestrow, Neuhammer, Ivangorod, Nagymegyer, Minden, Josefstadt, Kaltenkirchen, Salzwedel, Ruhleben, Freidberg, Doeberitz, Werl, Schneidemuehl, Doeberitz, Freistadt, Guetersloh, Muenden, etc…

Komunikacja pocztowa w Błękitnej Armii Hallera w latach 1917–1920

Polish military cemetery of Aubérive

Aubérive (Cimetière militaire)

Legionu Bajończyków

U.S. National (Military) Cemetery search