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This web page contains materials concerning the history of the Czechoslovak military units in USSR which was used, processed and translated from following main sources:

Literature

Across the bloody rivers Title: Přes krvavé řeky / Across the bloody rivers
Author: Richter Karel
Language: in Czech
Publishing: Ostrov, Praha 2003 (1st edition)
Description: the book describes (free of censorship and legends rendered by former communist regime) the begining of Czechoslovak revolt on Eastern front and the end on eve of the Slovak national uprising. This book brings new views about the following themes: how strong was the communist influence on the formation of Czechoslovak unit, what relations were between Czechoslovak exile government in London and Soviet leadership, how it was with persecution of Czechoslovak citizens and their detention in Soviet gulags and more.

Apocalypse in the Carpathian Mountains Title: Apokalypsa v Karpatech / Apocalypse in the Carpathian Mountains
Author: Richter Karel
Language: in Czech
Publishing: Ostrov, Praha 2003 (1st edition)
Description: continuation of the book "Across the bloody rivers", which brings some unknown facts about the Dukla's operation in Carpathian Mountains (1944).




Conquering home I. Title: Dobývání domova I. / Conquering home I.
Author: Richter Karel
Language: in Czech
Publishing: Ostrov, Praha 2005 (1st edition)
Description: the book describes liberation of Czechoslovak territory by members of the 1st Czechoslovak army corps after bloody combats in Carpathian Mountains until March 1945.





Conquering home II. Title: Dobývání domova II. / Conquering home II.
Author: Richter Karel
Language: in Czech
Publishing: Ostrov, Praha 2005 (1st edition)
Description: the book describes liberation of Czechoslovak territory by members of the 1st Czechoslovak army corps from March to May 1945.





From Buzuluk to Prague Title: Z Buzuluku do Prahy / From Buzuluk to Prague
Author: Svoboda Ludvík
Language: in Czech
Publishing: Mladá Fronta, Praha 1974 (1st edition in 1960)
Description: author of this book was self commander of the Czechoslovak military units general Svoboda. He describes the whole path from Buzuluk to Prague. Unfortunatelly the story was written assessable to communist ideology, therefore some text must be taken with restraint.
on-line version [RU]


Sokolovo 1943 Title: Sokolovo 1943
Author: Fidler Jiří
Language: in Czech
Publishing: Naše Vojsko, Praha 2004 (1st edition)
Description: book is divided in two parts. First part deals with Czechoslovaks during the Soviet-German war in March 1943, the second part contains encyclopedic dictionary on the battle of Sokolovo 1943.




1st Czechoslovak independent tank brigade in USSR Title: 1. čs. samostatná tanková brigáda v SSSR / 1st Czechoslovak independent tank brigade in USSR
Author: Kopecký Milan
Language: in Czech
Publishing: MBI, Praha 2001 (1st edition)
Description: the book describes organization of Czechoslovak tank units in USSR (battalion later brigade) and their combat experience from 1943 to 1945.




1st Czechoslovak independent engineering battalion Název: Československý samostatný ženijní prapor 1 (1944-1945) / 1st Czechoslovak independent engineering battalion (1944-1945)
Autor: Kopecký Milan
Jazyk: in Czech
Vydavatel: Ministerstvo obrany ČR (Ministry of Defence of Czech Republic), Praha 2007
Popis: the book describes creation, organization and equipment of the 1st Czechoslovak independent engineering battalion in USSR, as well as it's engineering and militant activity in period 1944-1945.


Rusyns in combat for freedom Title: Podkarpatští Rusíni v boji za svobodu / Rusyns in combat for freedom
Author: Richter Karel
Language: in Czech
Publishing: Společnost přátel Podkarpatské Rusi, Česká expedice, Praha 1997 (1st edition)
Description: about soldiers of Rusyn nationality in Czechoslovak units during world war 2 (Eastern front).




Jews in Czechoslovak Svoboda's army Title: Židé v československé Svobodově armádě / Jews in Czechoslovak Svoboda's army
Author: Kulka Erich
Language: in Czech (exist editions in English and Hebrew)
Publishing: Naše Vojsko, Praha 1990 (1st edition)
Description: the book brings information about Jewish participation in Czechoslovak military units in USSR.





Czechoslovak pilots in combat against fascism Title: Českoslovenští letci v boji proti fašismu / Czechoslovak pilots in combat against fascism
Author: Šmoldas Zdeněk
Language: in Czech
Publishing: Naše vojsko, Praha 1987 (1st edition)
Description: the book brings summary information about organization and military activity of Czechoslovak air units abroad (Spain, Poland, France, Great Britain, USSR).





Benčík Antonín, Richter Karel - Vražda jménem republiky / Murder in name of the Republic
Ostrov, Praha 2006 (3rd edition)
[this 3rd edition was completed with new information from the most secret archives of communist regime about political murder of general Heliodor Píka - one of the most honourable Czechoslovak patriot, military expert and diplomat, personality number one of Czechoslovak eastern revolt]

Bejček E., Hanzlík F. - Voják se srdcem bohéma / Soldier with heart of Bohemian
Lípa, Vizovice 2002 (1st edition)
[biography about genmjr. Tesařík Richard - one of the famous Czechoslovak commanders and "Hero of the Soviet Union". Beyond short memories from period of WW2, the book describes Tesarik's next destiny in communist period when "to be a hero" did not count]

Pop Ivan - Dějiny Podkarpatské Rusi v datech / History of Subcarpathian Rus
Libri, Praha 2005 (1st edition)
[the book describes historical destiny of Subcarpathian Rus and its nation of Rusyns, which was coupled with Czechoslovakia from 1919 to 1939]

Pulec Vladivoj - Československá státní vyznamenání, státní čestná uznání a ceny / Czechoslovak state awards, appreciation of honour and prizes
SNTL + Alfa, Praha 1980 (1st edition)
[also orders a medals of second revolt (WW2)]

Richter Karel - Válka začala v Polsku / War began in Poland
Epocha, Praha 2004 (1st edition)
[the book brings uknown information about German-Soviet aggression against Poland. Also describes foundation of the first foreign Czechoslovak military unit - Czech and Slovak legion]


Articles

Source: journal "A Report"
Author: Marek Vladimír
Language: in Czech
Date of edition:
Description: about the beginning of organization of the 1st Czechoslovak independent field battalion in Buzuluk, armature and accouterments, first combat skills in battle at village Sokolovo.





Internet pages

The Soviet Military Awards page The Soviet Military Awards page
Language: in English
Description: dedicated to providing quality infromation about the military and labor awards of the former Soviet Union.



Orders and Medals of USSR Orders and Medals of USSR
Language: in Russian
Description: professional and detailed information about Soviet military awards.



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