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This is the first part of the oath, taken to the Russian Tsar. The second half is equally verbose, and deals with renouncing allegiance to the Hapburgs, and fighting alongside fellow Czechs and Slovaks for the purpose of establishing an independent state.
I, [name], promise and swear before Almighty God and His Holy Gospel that I will and must, truly and sincerely, serve His Imperial Highness, the true and legitimate Most Gracious Supreme Sovereign Emperor Nicolas Alexandrovich, Autocrat of All the Russias and the legitimate Heir of His Imperial Highness's All-Russian Throne, and that I will obey in all things, not sparing my body to the last drop of blood, and that I will guard and defend to the limits of my intelligence, strength, and possibilities, all the rights and privileges, stipulated and unstipulated, inherent in the absolute power and authority of His Imperial Highness. Furthermore, I promise that I will strive to promote as far as possible that in every instance redounds to the true service and state utility of His Imperial Highness; I will notify the proper authorities as quickly as possible of any threatened injury, harm, or loss to His Majesty's interests, and I will not only notify the authorities in good time, but endeavour to ward off and guard against such injuries, and I will faithfully preserve all secret information entrusted to my care; I will conscientiously carry out the instructions, regulations, and directives of the superiors placed over me; and I will not admit any profit, relationship, friendship, or enmity contrary to my duty and oath, and in this way I will conduct myself as behooves a true and faithful subject of His Imperial Highness, so as to be able always to render an account before God's terrible judgement, so help me Lord God, body and soul. So help me God. And to complete this oath, I kiss my Saviour's word and cross. Amen!
Czech legion coat of arms
By ThecentreCZ (talk) - Own workThis vector image includes elements that have been taken or adapted from this: Legionarsky odznak cepice.gif (by Gumruch)., CC BY- SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=72851407
By Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-R15068 / CC-BY-SA 3.0, CC BY-SA 3.0 de, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5368328
Admiral Kolchak image
By Unknown - ISBN 5-235-02952-6, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2822841
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