But much of the events took place in Canada which - as part of the Dominion - was able to allow the formation. Estimated 20,000 to 25,000 Poles volunteered from North America, mostly US and some from Canada.
Notably, Methodists of YMCA were helpful in the organization endevours.
(more info here: http://www.hallersarmy.com/
Initially, the Polish fought in WWI with one goal in mind - Polish independence.
After fighting in WW1 the Blue Army became Polish Army and fought against Bolshevik Russia in 1920.
This remarkable event has been immortalized in this painting.
|Polish Army at Beach by C.W. Jefferys|
Beeverbrook Collection of the Canadian War Museum
Charles William Jefferys (1869 – 1951) was a Canadian painter, illustrator, author, and teacher best known as a historical illustrator.
Jefferys was one of the War Artists, a program which called selected artists to document the events of wars.
The painting really expands on the theme of Blue.
At the first glance the sunny landscape of the Lake Ontario coast, the blue lake water and blue sky merge and the sight of hundreds of naked men bathing seems almost recreational.
But up close we see the seriousness of the scene: the men are bathing seriously, is a part of soldering, the blue-uniformed sergeants overlook the operation and everyone knows there is more war ahead...
More about the artist and his paintings can be found here:
from the cahier #35, Published by THE NIAGARA HISTORICAL SOCIETY