The Accidental Army
The Amazing True Story of the Czechoslovak Region
On the eve of November 17, 1989
the country of Czechoslovakia in Central Europe
(founded as a democratic state October 28, 1918 with the aide of U.S. president Woodrow Wilson) overthrew communist occupation of forty four years with its Velvet Revolution student protest.
Much earlier as World World I was ending thousands of volunteer Czech soldiers were left fighting in numerous countries including Russia fighting the Bolshevik Revolution unable to get home directly due to political obstacles. They set forth by ship from Vladivostok in Siberia west to San Diego, California.
On Tuesday, July 15, 1919 eleven hundred and four Czech Siberian World War heroes passed through Houston, Texas and after being duly celebrated here, en route home via France to their new country, a free Czechoslovakia (today Czech Republic).