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Central Eastern Europe

Central and Eastern Europe, that is what I would call the part of Europe where in the years 1852-1918 the legal, monetary, economic and customs union of two states, namely the Principality of Liechtenstein and the Austro-Hungarian Empire, was located. This union ended with the disintegration of the Austro-Hungarian Empire at the end of 1918 after the First World War, although this union lasted legally until 1919, so we can consider its real demise in 1918.

Francis Joseph I

Yesterday, 99 years passed since the day that Francis Joseph I died in Vienna ( August 18, 1830 to November 21, 1916 ), the Austrian emperor, the Czech and Hungarian king of the Habsburg-Lorraine dynasty, ruled for a record 68 years. He ascended the throne at a time when the witnesses of his great-grandmother Maria Theresa were still alive, and ended in the days that our great-grandmothers still remember. He was not only the longest reigning Habsburg, but - with the exception of Prince Johann II of Liechtenstein, who ruled for a total of 71 years ( 1858-1929 ) - also the longest reigning monarch ever. For a generation of our grandparents, he was the ruler of the state in which they lived, and if there is such a thing as historical continuity, he is in a sense a former ruler for our generation. So let's see what kind of monarch it really was ...

Grandpa and the Great War (Part 1)

My grandfather, Karel Oktábec ( October 30, 1894 - December 18, 1956 ), was born early enough to take part in the entire First World War. At that time it was called " World " or " Great ". And he died too soon to hear his experiences in person. I was six years old and there were a lot of things that interested me more than the war. Despite the fact that humanity has meanwhile managed to repeat the "world" one more time. The " grandfather " was left with his military diaries, letters, and field postcards. That was quite enough. Later, I sometimes read something to my grandmother. However, she also died, and before her death she burned both diaries and letters. She must have had a reason for that. Only those postcards remained. And also Grandpa's personal records in the Military Historical Archive. From these limited sources, this attempt arose to review the grandfather's military career ...

Grandpa and the Great War (Part 2)

My grandfather, Karel Oktábec ( October 30, 1894 - December 18, 1956 ), was born early enough to take part in the entire First World War. At that time it was called " World " or " Great ". And he died too soon to hear his experiences in person. I was six years old and there were a lot of things that interested me more than the war. Despite the fact that humanity has meanwhile managed to repeat the "world" one more time. The " grandfather " was left with his military diaries, letters, and field postcards. That was quite enough. Later, I sometimes read something to my grandmother. However, she also died, and before her death she burned both diaries and letters. She must have had a reason for that. Only those postcards remained. And also Grandpa's personal records in the Military Historical Archive. From these limited sources, this attempt arose to review the grandfather's military career ...

Half a millennium of European conquests

To the question of what happened in 1492, most respondents would certainly answer correctly that Columbus had sailed to the New World at that time. Many would also know that in 1498 Vasco da Gama discovered a sea route to India, but probably no one would remember what happened in 1502. Because this event is not mentioned much in school history, or it merges with previous ones, although it had for practical action many times greater reach than the two previous ones - and is still present today.

History of Blitzkrieg

The Blitzkrieg is one of the most significant phenomena of the 20th century, if only for the simple reason that it had a major impact on the events of World War II, the bloodiest conflict in human history to date. The aim of our work is to try to best map the development of Blitzkrieg from its beginnings during the First World War through the origin of ideas in the 1920s and 1930s and practical implementation during the Second World War to the present with its conflicts.

History of Blitzkrieg

The Blitzkrieg is one of the most significant phenomena of the 20th century, if only for the simple reason that it had a major impact on the events of World War II, the bloodiest conflict in human history to date. The aim of our work is to try to best map the development of Blitzkrieg from its beginnings during the First World War through the origin of ideas in the 1920s and 1930s and practical implementation during the Second World War to the present with its conflicts.

Holasic area

Holasicko, surely many of you will be wondering where to look for this area? This is an area in the northeast of the Czech Republic around the city of Opava (Opava, Krnov and Hlučín regions) and the adjacent area in the north, today located in Poland.

How the tank was born

Wars have accompanied humanity since time immemorial. And they are evolving with him. The twentieth century marked a huge turning point. Man invented armored tracked vehicles and with their help swept away all the usual habits of fighting. Let us now return to the very beginning of everything and step by step follow the development of ground technology in the world and in our country.

Japanese militarism in the first half of the 20th century

Reasons why the knightly samurai of the early 20th century became a murderous soldier of World War II? When and why did the principles of "Bushida" disappear from the actions of the Japanese army? How did Japanese militarism develop and change in the first half of the 20th century?

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World War One / The Great War [1914-1918]

A global war originating in Europe that lasted from 28 July 1914 to 11 November 1918. Described as "the war to end all wars," it led to the mobilisation of more than 70 million military personnel, including 60 million Europeans, making it one of the largest wars in history. It is also one of the deadliest conflicts in history, with an estimated nine million combatants and seven million civilian deaths as a direct result of the war, while resulting genocides and the resulting 1918 influenza pandemic caused another 50 to 100 million deaths worldwide.

Russian civil war [1917-1923]

A multi-party civil war in the former Russian Empire immediately after the two Russian Revolutions of 1917, as many factions vied to determine Russia's political future. The two largest combatant groups were the Red Army, fighting for the Bolshevik form of socialism led by Vladimir Lenin, and the loosely allied forces known as the White Army, which included diverse interests favouring political monarchism, economic capitalism and alternative forms of socialism, each with democratic and anti-democratic variants. In addition, rival militant socialists and non-ideological Green armies fought against both the Bolsheviks and the Whites. Eight foreign nations intervened against the Red Army, notably the former Allied military forces from the World War and the pro-German armies.
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