A question for the experts, I guess..
My great grandfather, Mikhail Mikhailovich Weintraub, was wounded in battle in Kiev in 1917. He was an engineer and fought in the engineer troops.
The word goes that he was fighting on the Austria-Hungarian army, but we do not know.
He lived in Kishinev, Bessarabia (today Chisinau, Moldavia), and I can't find any reasonable explanation as to why he - as a Bessarabian - should fight for the Austria-Hungarians.
The word also goes that he should be of Austrian decent, but I think it is more likely that the family was living in Bukovina when it was under Austrian ruling (but that would be several generations back).
I do not know if he was of jewish decent (as the name suggests), but his wife was greek-orthodox.
It seems that the jewish community in Bessarabia sympathised with the Red Army.
Does anybody know if the Bessarabians fighting in 1917 in Kiev joined the battle voluntarily, or were they drafted?