The Armenian Legion and Its Heroism in the Middle East During World War I
The history of the Armenian Legion is one of many overlooked stories of World War I. Composed of volunteer soldiers serving in the Middle East with the British and French armies, the Armenian Legion was the major force that broke the Turko-German combined front at Arara (Palestine) on September 19, 1918, signaling the beginning of the collapse of Ottoman Turkey and the victory of the Allies.
This exhibit focuses on the period beginning in 1916, with the formation of the Armenian Legion, and ending in 1920 with the Legion's dissolution and the forced exodus of the Armenian people from their ancestral homes. Major events are chronicled from the viewpoints of the Legionnaires themselves.
This exhibit was made possible by a grant from the K. George and Carolann S. Najarian, MD Foundation, Inc.