Birth of Czecho-Slovak nation

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17 August 2018

August 16th, 1918.

AMONG the strange developments arising out of the war, not the least remarkable is the recognition given by the British Government and the other Allied Powers to a new Czecho-Slovak nation. Throughout the war the Czecho-Slovaks have, as the official declaration states, resisted the common enemy by every means in their power, having organized a considerable army, fought on three different battlefields, and attempted, in Russia and Siberia, to arrest the German invasion. In consideration of these great services, Great Britain and the rest of the Entente now regard them as an Allied nation, and recognize the unity of their three armies as an Allied and belligerent army carrying on regular warfare against Austria-Hungary and Germany. The Czecho-Slovak National Council is henceforth recognized by this country as the supreme organ of Czecho-Slovak national interests, and as having complete authority over the Allied and belligerent army. It is true that we are looking on merely at the birth of this new nation. It is still in the cradle, but it is such a sturdy infant that it promises to grow up to a vigorous youth. In its early days it will enjoy the protection of the Entente Powers, whose glory it has been to take up arms for the help of small, weak States. When we have driven the enemy out of Belgium, and the time comes for us to impose terms upon him, the claims of the Czecho-Slovaks to be reckoned as an independent nation will be considered and established. Not the least of these claims is the fact that it would curtail the power of the Central Empires to do mischief in Eastern Europe.

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