The Lichtenstein Palace used to be associated with the Royal Governor, but in the 19th century became the seat of the Supreme Military Commander of Prague, whose Office was still based here in 1918. Fears of possible intervention by the Austro-Hungarian army against the newly established Czechoslovakia were running high. There was also a large garrison in the Joseph barracks on Republic square. The troops then stationed in Prague were for the most part Hungarians. It was crucial to reach accord with the military HQ, or to defend Prague by force, a role taken up by the Sokol movement in October 1918.