World War Two [1939-1945]
Southeast of Aachen is the Hürtgen Forest, an area of about 50 square miles. The forest has mostly mountainous, rocky terrain and was created by deliberate afforestation of an empty area. The area is located on the Belgian-German border and forms a triangle, surrounded by the aforementioned cities of Aachen and the cities of Duren and Monschau. The forest was part of the Siegfried Line and was full of fortified machine gun nests, artillery batteries, and some parts of it were almost impassable due to the large minefields. The next part of the article deals with the battles of the 28th Infantry Division, because it was she who led the biggest battles in Hürtgen and paid the highest tax for them.
The story of a Moravian village that entered the minds of people in 1945. When, at the very end of World War II, after 6 long years of occupation, the same fate befell her as Lidice and Ležáky in 1942. On May 5, 1945, four days before the arrival of the Red Army, SS units murdered 38 men aged 15 to 75 and burned 32 houses.
In late 1939 the Nazi authorities in the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia suppressed a demonstration in Prague held by students of the Medical Faculty of Charles University. The demonstration was held on 28 October to commemorate the anniversary of the independence of the Czechoslovak Republic (1918). During this demonstration the student Jan Opletal was shot, and later died from his injuries on 11 November. On 15 November his body was supposed to be transported from Prague to his home in Moravia. His funeral procession consisted of thousands of students, who turned the event into an anti-Nazi demonstration.
Part III. deals with the aviation side of the whole encounter.
After the Czechoslovak pilots fled from demoralized and defeated France to England in the early summer of 1940, the Churchill spirit of defiance that prevailed in this country did not allow them to pursue defeatist ideas for a long time. After the 310th Fighter Squadron (established on 10 July 1940), the first Czechoslovak bomber squadron has been assembled, armed with much more complicated aircraft than the Hurricane fighters ...
brief history of the 312th Czechoslovak Fighter Squadron RAF
I will focus on the technical description of the anti-aircraft cannon. Modelers will certainly appreciate the little available photos and some technical data that I managed to obtain when building a 1:72 scale model.
The 4th Guards Tank Army was formed only in March 1945, but it still managed to make history in a significant way. Its troops played a significant role not only in the fall of Berlin, but also in the liberation of Prague, the capital of Czechoslovakia.
During the Second World War, the squadron served in both Coastal Command and Bomber Command. In the coastal role, the squadron undertook operations over the English Channel in 1940–1941, before moving to North Africa in late 1942. It undertook anti-submarine operations in support of Operation Torch and then continued operations in the Mediterranean, operating various aircraft types during this period. In July 1944, the squadron disbanded before being reformed as a bomber squadron in Algeria in August, later operating in Italy in the final years of the war.
The 6th Panzer Division gained one of the best combat records on the battlefields of World War II among all the divisions that fought in it. Its operation begins with the invasion of Poland in 1939 and ends with the defense of Vienna in 1945.
On June 18, 2002, 60 years have passed since the last battle of seven brave Czechoslovak paratroopers, hidden in the crypt of the Orthodox Church of Cyril and Methodius on Resslova Street in Prague against the superiority of the German occupiers: J. Bublík, J. Gabčík, J. Hruby, J. Kubis, A. Opalka, J. Valčík and J. Švarc. They were members of Czechoslovak troops in Great Britain, deployed to the German-occupied territories of Bohemia and Moravia in order to carry out special reconnaissance and diversionary tasks.
The separate infantry bunker KS 14 "U Cihelny", part of the fortifications of the Kralická fortress area, is a two-sided two-winged two-bell army fortress building in the strongest and most durable design (3rd resistance class), situated north of the town of Králíky.
or history A39 Tortoise Heavy Assault Tank
Heroic defense of the intelligence troops of the US 99th Infantry Division in the Ardennes
During World War II, the Allies deployed around 10,000 special pontoon vehicles not only in the Pacific but also in Europe, which was officially classified as LVT (Landing Vehicle Tracked), although soldiers did not call it anything other than amtrac in transporter version and amtank in the support version with cannon armament. It was also known by the combat name "Alligator" or "Buffalo", and its journey into the US Marine Corps is so colorful that it is worth telling.
After 1989, the Western foreign resistance during the Second World War was thoroughly researched and published by historians, but also by enthusiasts of this scientific field, both in the press and on television, and especially in the phenomenon of today - the Internet. But no matter how detailed archival research, there are always documents that complement and reveal the past. They are usually found in places where no one would look for them and in research focused on a completely different area. We most often know this Murphy's Law from home when we look for shorts and find a lost wedding ring. Something similar happened to me while studying at the National Archives in Bratislava. I didn't find the ring, but ...
The policy of appeasement is often criticized, either by experts or by public opinion. However, not all the circumstances behind its origin are generally known, and therefore a number of incorrect conclusions are drawn.