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Martin Drobňák

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  • How to manipulate history or a story about how to (not) reconstruct a war cemetery

    In the summer of 2011, the war cemetery in Medzilaborce was ceremoniously dedicated. There were several reports in the media informing about the whole event. Anthem, honor guard and a new attraction in the city. However, not all the gold that glitters is. The whole thing has one good hook.

  • Divisional General Nicholas Markus

    Soldier of the Austro-Hungarian Army, officer of the Czechoslovak Army (1918-1939), commander of the 3rd Infantry Regiment and the 20th Motorized Regiment on the Eastern Front, commander of the 1st Division of the so-called East Slovak Army, Commander IV. and later III. tactical group during the Slovak National Uprising.

  • Feldmarschall Svetozar Boroević de Bojna

    One of the most capable commanding officers of Austria-Hungary. He was considered by other officers to be very careful and defeatist, which they often blamed. However, this criticism was unfounded, as Svetozár Boroevič von Bojna was one of the few officers in Austria-Hungary who saw things as they really were and did not form unrealistic ideas, as was often seen of other commanding officers during the First World War.

  • Major General Ján Černek

    Legionnaire, officer of the Czechoslovak Army (1918-1939), commander of the 21st Motorized Regiment "David" deployed on the Eastern Front, Commander of VI. tactical group during the Slovak national uprising.

  • International Scientific Conference of the Eastern Carpathians 1944 (Svidník: 5 - 6 October 2009)

    Eastern Carpathians 1944, was the name of an international scientific conference which took place on 5-6 October 2009 in the town of Svidník. The conference was organized by the Military Historical Institute in Bratislava, the Slovak National Museum - Museum of Ukrainian Culture, the Section for Military History of the Slovak Historical Society at the Slovak Academy of Sciences and the Beskydy Military History Club. The scientific conference took place in the premises of the Slovak National Museum - Museum of Ukrainian Culture.

  • The disgusting game with the bones of dead soldiers continues ...

    More than a year ago, we drew attention to the dubious reconstruction of the war cemetery from the First World War in Medzilaborce. During its reconstruction, the historical reality was not respected and in the end the cemetery was unjustifiably presented as a German war cemetery. This is despite the fact that the German victims make up only a small fraction of all soldiers buried there. Not much time passed and other irregularities appeared, but this time connected with the exhumation of war victims in the cemetery in the village of Oľka. Austro-Hungarian and Russian soldiers were exhumed in violation of documents from the archives on the pretext that they were Germans. We have pointed out suspicious facts on our website . We informed the Ministry of the Interior of the Slovak Republic with official letters, which is dealing with the agenda of war graves. The media also became interested in the case.

  • Work on the restoration of the largest war cemetery from the First World War has begun

    Lots of overgrown trees, wild grass, fallen branches from trees. It was not a nice view of the area of the war cemetery in Velkrop, when we started to restore it. The largest war cemetery from the First World War fell into disrepair. All the fiery talk of politicians about the need to respect their history and culture somehow went around this place. We stood with the mayor of the village on the edge of the war cemetery and we decided. We will not wait for help from others. We will not cry over how something is not possible. We will start saving this war cemetery and look for ways to obtain funding for its final reconstruction. It would still be abnormal for 8,662 fallen soldiers to be buried in such a neglected place of reverence. As archival research later showed, there are more than 10,000 soldiers buried in this war cemetery.

  • The first state units of the Western Slavs

    This article deals with the first state departments that founded western Slovenia in today's Central Europe. The article does not aim to analyze in depth the individual state departments, but its intention is to provide the reader with a brief overview of the development of these state departments.

  • Reconstruction of the military cemetery in Výrava (photo report)

    In March 1915, fierce fighting took place around the village of Výrava. The Russian army repeatedly tried to break through the Austro-Hungarian troops between the villages of Výrava and Svetlice. The fierce and destructive fighting, which could lead to the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian front, brought heavy losses to both warring parties. The result is also three military cemeteries located in the cadastre of the village Výrava. These three military cemeteries from the First World War are among the most interesting in the district of Medzilaborce. In the archival materials, these military cemeteries are referred to as Vyrava - Pod Kudrovcom, Vyrava - elevation 600 and Vyrava - Pod Kobylou. Data on the number of fallen soldiers buried in these military cemeteries are not accurate. Approximately 2688 fallen soldiers are buried in the Pod Kudrovcom locality. Over 636 fallen soldiers are buried in the military cemetery at the elevation of 600, and in the Pod Kobylou locality the number of fallen soldiers buried ranges from 300 to 418 victims. Last year, the gradual reconstruction of these military cemeteries began.

  • Reconstruction work on militery cemeteries Becherov and Chmelova

    Recently, reconstruction work began on war cemeteries in the villages of Becherov and Chmeľová. From June 9 to June 11, 2011, an international volunteer CAMP took place, during which volunteers from Slovakia as well as abroad worked on the mentioned war cemeteries. Reconstruction work is coordinated by the Beskydy Military History Club in cooperation with the municipalities of Becherov and Chmeľová.

  • Research tour of war cemeteries in the Svidník district - 11.06.2010 (PHOTOSTORY)

    The Memento of the First World War project is an activity that the Beskydy Military History Club, thanks to the support of the Ministry of Defense of the Slovak Republic, has been implementing for the third year. The main idea of the project is to systematically map the history and current state of war cemeteries from the First World War.

  • The life of a soldier of the Austro-Hungarian army in the period of dualism

    The purpose of this article is to give the reader a picture of life in the Austro-Hungarian army in the period between the Austro-Hungarian settlement and World War I. Of course, it was not possible to include all the components of the army, each of which has its own specifics. Globally, I will try to evaluate the conditions of the team in the army from its recruitment to the transfer to the reserve, where I emphasized in particular the approach to living conditions in the barracks, or to clarify the training system. In the second part of the article, I focus on the non-commissioned officer and officers corps, where I emphasize the clarification of the system of education of officers, but also the depiction of the place of officers in society and the relationship between officers and society.


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