From the forgotten pages of history “Armenian Legion”

  • by Western Armenia, January 31, 2024 in History

On the basis of the agreement signed in London between M.Sykes, J. Picot and the head of the Armenian National Delegation, Poghos Nubar, Armenians of Kilikia were to be given autonomy by  the promise of France.

in return for the participation of the Armenian Legion (Battalion) operating under the command of French officers in the French Army against the Ottoman Empire.

An Armenian politician and historian  Mikael Vardanyan, born in Shushi province, in his letter written in 1915 to Mikael Varandyan, an Armenian politician and historian born in Shushi province, Poghos Nubar expressed hope that:

In his letter written in 1915 to Mikael Varandyan , an Armenian politician and historian born in Shushi province, Poghos Nubar expressed hope that:

These volunteers  fighting on the side of the Entente States...can give us right to our voices to be heard when the time comes to express our opinion and modest demands."

The ranks of these warriors, simply called "Volunteers" by  Armenians, were later joined by many of the brave participants of the heroic battle of Mount Musa, who took refuge in Egypt, in Port-Said, where a total of 4083 survivors of the defenders were transferred.

The aforementioned battalion, the "Armenian Legion", carried out particularly significant victorious operations on the Middle East front:

In Adana (Western Armenia), in Arara, near the village of Rafat, in the "impregnable" hill range (Palestine)... 25 Armenian soldiers were awarded the "Combat Cross" by the command for their bravery the crazy, bloody battle of Arara...

There were 5,000 Armenian fighters in the 4th battalion created in Beirut in 1918...

In the Ottoman Empire, more than 300,000 Armenian soldiers living in Western Armenia were killed after serving in labor battalions...

It should be noted that after being called the "Oriental Legion" (Légion d'Orient) for some time, from February 1, 1919 it was again renamed the "Armenian Legion" (Légion Arménienne) until its disbandment on September 1, 1920.

After the publication of a special decree, members of this detachment could then enlist under a new contract in the French Army's "Foreign Legion" (the latter still exists today).

More than 50,000 Armenians conscripted into the armies of France, England and the USA during the First World War made history with their bravery and courage.

And they, like the Haykazuns who fought in the armies of other countries and their descendants, are still waiting for the "correction" of some pages of history.