Maurice Janin

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Military postcard of the Czechoslovak Legion with Maurice Janin

Pierre-Thiébaut-Charles-Maurice Janin (October 19, 1862, Paris[1] – April 28, 1946) was a French general (since April 20, 1916) and military commander who was the chief of the French military mission in Siberia during the Russian civil war. Maurice Janin is known as "the general without honour" because of his betrayal of White movement leader Admiral Alexander Kolchak[citation needed].

On January 14, 1920, after giving his word to guarantee the safety of Admiral Kolchak, leader of the anti-Bolshevik resistance, he ordered the Czechoslovak Legion to kidnap him and hand him over to the Socialist Revolutionaries at Irkutsk.

Janin is recipient of the Latvian military Order of Lāčplēsis, 2nd class.[1] He was also ordered Czechoslovak Military variant of Order of the White Lion in 1923.


  1. ^ a b Priedītis, Ērichs Ēriks (1996). Latvijas Valsts apbalvojumi un Lāčplēši. (in Latvian). Riga: Junda. ISBN 9984-01-020-1. OCLC 38884671.