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PhDr. Jan Michl, PhD.

PhDr. Jan Michl, PhD.

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  • Boot from Ebra

    In November 2011, a 44.5-size shoe with a rubber sole and the remains of a calf bone was found near the town of La Fatarella in eastern Spain. Although the police were immediately called in, the appearance of the shoe suggested that it would not be a recent crime, but that the remains found would be of more interest to archaeologists. They discovered the skeleton of a man about 180 cm tall, who had with him ammunition for Soviet-made rifles and two hand grenades of Polish origin. According to the fragments found, the corpse was identified as a soldier of the Republican International Brigades, who was killed by a grenade explosion. It had him partially covered with soil and the advancing soldiers of gen. Francotook his rifle, helmet and covered the protruding rest with soil. Under these circumstances, the date of "Charlie's" death (as it was called by the scientific community) can be determined quite accurately. It happened on November 14, 1938 during the final phase of the Battle of Ebro.

  • Nine camels of Baron von Richthofen

    Most notable events usually have very common explanations. It is no different with the respectable number of 80 victories of the Red Baron Manfred von Richthofen. When we get to know all his victims in detail and the circumstances of all his victories, everything suddenly seems logical and easy to understand.

  • George Beurling - Obsessed with fighting

    The character of war heroes is different, but the bravest and most successful usually excel in character traits, which are quite difficult to live in peace. George Beurling, a Canadian fighter ace with more than 30 officially recognized victories, was one of these controversial war brawlers. However, he also had something extra in him - including extraordinary shooting talent, which became his obsession.

  • Verdun patrol, naughty child and disabled person

    With his 12 victories, Jean Navarre lags far behind René Fonck and von Richthofen; however, it should be noted that Navarre achieved a large number of victories over enemy territory and was therefore not officially recognized. In addition, he achieved all his success before the introduction of synchronized machine guns in the armament of the French Air Force. In any case, no one will deprive him of the privilege of calling himself "the first French fighter ace in history."

  • Michel Madon: Against everyone

    Hero of the Battle of France. Eleven confirmed victories. Most air victories achieved on the Dewoitine 520. Noble to pathetic sentences. In fact, Michel Madon, as a loyal soldier, underwent all the tragic throws associated with the complicated history of France during World War II. Among his victims are, in addition to German aircraft, British and American aircraft.

  • The myth of the French fighter ace

    Robert Williame, along with Le Gloan, is the only "ace of the day" Armée de l'Air, which means that he managed to shoot down at least five enemy aircraft in one day. In addition, he managed to subdue six opponents in three hours and twenty minutes. Such extraordinary performances must always be supported by either an outrageous dose of luck or propaganda retouching.

  • Polish September 15, 1940

    September 15, 1940 was to bring the most stubborn air battles during the entire Battle of Britain. The German Luftwaffe tried to break through the British defenses with massive air raids throughout the day, but at the end of the day, the German command had to acknowledge the failure and postpone the planned invasion of the British Isles. Polish fighters also took part in the famous victory of the Royal Air Force, claiming 30 victories after the fight.

  • Last Mohycan Blériot-SPAD 510

    The Blériot-SPAD 510 was a partition type of fighter aircraft in several respects: it was the last biplane included in the armament of the French Air Force and also became the last type produced by the once famous Blériot factory. Although the French command bet on fighter monoplanes as early as the late 1920s, the extraordinary dexterity and climbability of the aircraft caused that even during the Munich crisis, the Fighter Spades formed the backbone of the French fighter aircraft.

  • Slovak duo at the head of the Military Counterintelligence

    From 1971 to 1989, only two men served as chief of military counterintelligence, whose lives, ways of working, but also their qualifications were not entirely common and expected. What is particularly striking is the fact that the appearance of reporters at the head of the intelligence service was less frequent. Much more valuable was the blind allegiance to the Communist Party and the ability to maintain military discipline.

  • Soviet volunteers in the Korean War

    On November 1, 1950, six Soviet fighters were assigned to patrol the Yalu River: Maj. Strojkov, Lt. Guts, Kaznachev and Lt. Monachov, Chiz and Sanin. The MiG-15 of the latter failed to start, so the remaining five led by a World War II veteran Strojkov, who had 16 individual victories, set out for the sky. At 14.15, the leader of the second pair of Lt. Col. Guts saw three Mustang fighters and the Soviets attacked without delay. They took too high a speed during the dive, so there was not much time left to aim and shoot. The Americans easily avoided the dose fired by Lt. Chiz and escaped back south by a ground flight. However, por. Chiz claimed the first victory.

  • Spaniards on the Eastern Front

    If the participation of Francoist volunteer pilots on the side of Nazi Germany on the Eastern Front of World War II has been known for a long time, then information about the involvement of Republican pilots in the Soviet Air Force began to emerge only in the last decade.

  • Fighters of the RAF in the battle of Sedan

    It was not until the morning of May 13, 1940, that the French High Command realized that the main direction of the German attack was headed for Sedan, where German troops had crossed the Meuse River with all means since the early morning. During the day, the French sent to the area most of the combat-ready air units deployed within range of the battlefield. The British fighter squadrons stationed on French territory also partly entered the fight to gain air supremacy over Sedan.

  • Free French in the battle of Britain

    "I, General de Gaulle, am now in London; I call on French officers and soldiers who are on British territory or who would accidentally get there, with or without weapons, I call on engineers and workers working in the armaments industry who are on British territory or who would accidentally get there, to joined me.
    Whatever happens, the flame of the French resistance must not go out, nor will it go out. Just like today, I will be speaking on London radio in the days to come. "

  • Export of weapons from Czechoslovakia to capitalist foreign countries (1950–1960)

    Traditions of the Czech, resp. of the Czechoslovak armaments industry dates back not only to the time of the first Czechoslovak Republic, but much further, to the times of Austria-Hungary. In the 1930s, Czechoslovakia was one of the ten largest arms exporters in the world, and during the Nazi occupation, the sector continued to grow and modernize. World War II did not do much damage to armaments companies in our territory, so it could boldly follow the pre-war parameters of exports.

  • Export of weapons from Czechoslovakia to capitalist foreign countries (1960–1970)

    One of the pillars of the Czechoslovak communist economy was the export of military equipment. It was not only exported to the countries of the socialist bloc. Contrary to propaganda, capitalist states, including the developed ones, were also traded. In poorer to developing countries, arms exports have pursued political goals.

  • Zborov - more than a myth

    The Zborov legend was created together with the last battle shot. In Russia, the legionaries built monuments in memory of the fallen Zborov fighters, a postcard with tinted lithographs with a Zborov theme was published in a thousands of copies, and a Zborov plaque was cast from bronze and distributed en masse to the legionnaires.


Medals and awards

Řád redakce www.valka.cz

& bar (1)

Medaile Cti k titulu Hrdina serveru www.valka.cz

Hrdina serveru www.valka.cz

Zlatá hvězda www.valka.cz

Stříbrná hvězda www.valka.cz

Bronzová hvězda www.valka.cz

& bar (16)

Velký kříž čestné legie serveru www.valka.cz

Komander čestné legie serveru www.valka.cz

Důstojník čestné legie serveru www.valka.cz

Rytíř čestné legie serveru www.valka.cz

Čestná legie serveru www.valka.cz

Řád Vlastenecké války

Řád odvahy

Řád Rudé hvězdy

Air Force Medal

Croix de Guerre 1939-1945

Médaille de l´Aéronautique

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