The Czechoslovak Independent Brigade of Jan Žižka in Yugoslavia — Neglected Component of Anti-fascist Resistance


During the Second World War, the Czechs and the Slovaks joined anti-fascist resistance on many fronts. The battlefield in the former Yugoslavia was in terms of numbers of combatants third most important. The relationship of politicians, historians and media, to various components of our resistance reflected changes in the political orientation of Czechoslovakia, or the Czech Republic. The share of the Czechs and the Slovaks, settled in Slavonia, in the liberation of Yugoslavia and the defeat of Germany was always "politically" complicated. But nobody can dispute its importance and scope, heroism of members the National Liberation Army of Yugoslavia, natives of Bohemia, Moravia and Slovakia. In October 2013, we marked the seventieth anniversary of this unit.

Ing. Pavel Zona, Ph.D., Ltc. (Ret.),  born in 1957, he graduated from the Military College of the Ground Forces at Vyškov in 1984; from 1984 till 1998 command and staff assignments with motorized infantry, later with mechanized units, 1995-96 he studied at the Military Academy Brno, 1998-2001 chief of Regional Military District Commands (OVS/ÚVS) Znojmo; 2001-2003 chief of CIMIC/PSYOPS Centre. From the year 2003 research fellow of the Institute of Operational and Tactical Studies (ÚOTS) Brno. Since January 1, 2010, research fellow of K111 Department. He is involved in the theory of military art, military strategy, and above all civic-military cooperation.

Country: Czech Republic


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