Alexandre Chkheidze

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Colonel Alexander Chkheidze in 1914

Alexandre Chkheidze, also known under his Polish name of Aleksander Czcheidze (1878–1940), was a Polish-Georgian military officer. He served with the rank of Colonel in the armed forces of the Democratic Republic of Georgia during the short period of its independence following World War I.[1] Following the Bolshevik occupation of his country, Chkheidze (along with thousands of other Georgian officers) migrated to Poland, where he received further training in the Higher War School.

He was then admitted to the Polish Army as a contract officer and served as the Commander of Infantry (de facto deputy commander) of the Polish 16th Infantry Division.[citation needed] He took part in the Polish Defensive War of 1939 and fought with distinction in a number of battles. Taken prisoner by the Germans, he was handed over to the USSR in accordance with the Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact and then executed by the NKVD some time in 1940 during the infamous Katyn massacre.[citation needed]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Levan Z. Urushadze. Paata Bukhrashvili, ed. Democratic Republic of Georgia (1918-1921). ISBN 99940-0-539-1. Archived from the original (doc) on 2009-10-25.  "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-10-26. Retrieved 2009-10-26.