Original U.S. Inter-War Era Polish Legion American Blue Army “Haller’s Army” WWI Commemorative Cigarette Case With Affixied Miniature Awards

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is a wonderful example of an Inter War era (1920s) cigarette case, decorated with the various awards that a member of the Polish Legion would have received. The case itself is in wonderful condition and still function properly as originally intended. The case still retains both inside tension arms with springs used to hold the cigarettes in place. The front lid of the case has the initials L.L.L., giving you a good starting point for research.

The awards present on the lid:

- Polish 1920 Cross of Valor
- Inter-Allied Victory Medal
- x2 Commemorative Awards for American Volunteers
- Haller’s Swords For Americans
- x2 Polish Crests

The Blue Army, or Haller's Army, was a Polish military contingent created in France during the latter stages of World War I. The name came from the French-issued blue military uniforms worn by the soldiers. The symbolic term used to describe the troops was subsequently adopted by General Józef Haller von Hallenburg himself to represent all newly organized Polish Legions fighting in western Europe.

The army was formed on 4 June 1917, and was made up of Polish volunteers serving alongside allied forces in France during World War I. After fighting on the Western Front, the army was transferred to Poland where it joined other Polish military formations fighting for the return of Poland's independence. The Blue Army played a pivotal role in ensuring Polish victory in the Polish–Ukrainian War, and later Haller's troops took part in Poland's defeat of the advancing Bolshevik forces in the Polish–Soviet War.

A great example ready for further research and display.

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