Source: Association Men, 44 (September 1918): 26.

From Pursuit of an "unparalleled opportunity": American YMCA and prisoner of war diplomacy among the Central Power nations during World War I, 1914-1923 by Kenneth Steuer

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  • The members of the Russian Legion fighting in France on the Western Front found themselves in a difficult situation after the Bolsheviks signed the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk in March 1918. These Russian troops expected to return home with the Russian withdrawal from the war, but the Allies decided to imprison many of these men. The American YMCA established relief services in these interment camps to improve the inmates' situation. Two Russian soldiers dance while others play music to boost morale in the camp. Source: Association Men, 44 (September 1918): 26.