eliminated the Hussite egalitarianism established at Kiev and reinstituted the traditional authority of the officers. Ultimately, the other Allied troops also became war weary and rebellious in the Allied camps abroad.
The Czechoslovak troops eventually withdrew from Siberia, beginning in 1919. They used their own resources to charter seven Japanese vessels and two Russian ones. The first to go were the sick and wounded; the thirteenth ship, which left Vladivostok in December 1919, carried the first military formation. The repatriation took an entire year, some ships sailing through the Suez Canal to European ports such as Trieste or Naples; others headed for Canada. After landing at Vancouver, the troops crossed the continent by rail to Halifax. Their accommodations were modest, clean, and economical. They began arriving home during 1920.71
The question may be reasonably posed whether the interventionist role of the Czechoslovak Legions advanced their movement's objective of gaining foreign Allied recognition of their national aspirations. Their compliance with British intentions undoubtedly ingratiated them with British leaders, but in the end, the British exacted a high price for their friendly support of Czechoslovak independence. The fate of the Czechoslovaks hinged on the decisions of the Great Powers, whose support they required in their struggle for national independence. At best, the fighting confirmed them as an Allied force.
President Masaryk emphasized his policy of strict nonintervention in the internal affairs of Russia,72 despite his Legion's involvement in the civil war.