General Jozef Haller

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    1873 - Born in Poland
    1918 - Commander of the Polish Auxiliary Corps with the Austrian Army
    1918 - April, Commander-in-Chief of II Army Corps
    1918 - May 27, Commander-in-Chief of Polish Military Forces out of
    Austro-German occupied territory
    1920 - July 23, Commander-in-Chief of the Northern Front
    1920/27 - Member of Parliament (Sejm)
    1937 - He created the Labor Party
    1940/43 - Minister of Education in the government of W. Sikorski
    1960 - He died

    Jozef Haller was born on August 13, 1873 in Jurczyce near Krakow. Young Haller studied in Vienna at the Technical Military Academy, subsequently serving with the Austrian Army. In 1916, during the First World War, he became the commander of the Second Brigade of the Polish Legion. Than in 1918 in the aftermath of the "Charge of Rarancza," as commander of the Polish Auxiliary Corps with the Austrian Army, he crossed over to the Russian side. Subsequently, he arrived in France, where on behalf of the Polish National Committee, and on the side of France, he created what was known as "Haller's Army", or "The Blue Army", because the soldiers wore blue uniforms. In France, General Jozef Haller had commanded six divisions of the Polish Army during the 1914 -18 War, and other units had been attached to the French Foreign Legion. At the outbreak of war about 25,000 Polish-Americans had volunteered to fight in the trenches. Then the Haller's Army was transferred to Poland in 1919 and as commander, he arrived in the homeland on the Ukrainian front. During 1940-1943 he was the Minister of Education in the government of Wladyslaw Sikorski.

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