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A stash of rare World War I photos preserved by a small museum in Prague inspired Chicago media execs Bruce Bendinger and John Iltis to trace the history of the "Czechoslovak Legion," a force of 70,000 Czechs and Slovaks who were instrumental in the Allied victory. Their leader, Thomas Masaryk, had been invited to teach at the University of Chicago in 1902 at the urging of Charles Crane, a local industrialist who would later help fund the Czech independence movement. Many of the soldiers initially fought for Austria-Hungary but, hoping to realize their own nation-states, switched sides to support Russia. This compact educational video focuses primarily on military matters, providing too little detail on the diplomacy that led to the creation of Czechoslovakia in 1918.

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