Daniel J. Sweeney, the editor of the book “Buffalo and Erie County in the World War 1914-1919″, compiled a list of surnames noted in the book. PGSNYS provides a searchable database of Sweeney’s list on its Web site.

An estimated 20,000 Polish persons answered the call to fight for freedom and the opportunity to regain Poland’s independence during World War I in the Polish Army in France (in Polish, Armia Polska we Francyi). They were from among the Polish immigrants who came to America to fight with France.

The Polish Army in France was also called “Haller’s Army,” after the general who commanded it, or the “Blue Army,” for the blue uniforms the soldiers wore.

This database is currently available at Society meetings.