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Monument to the Czechoslovak soldiers




During Liberation Day celebrations in May 2012, a monument to Czechoslovak soldiers who fought on the Western Front in 1940-1945 was unveiled in Husova Street. It is stylized in the form of a Tobruk bollard.

The monument, located at the intersection of Husova Street and Sady Pětatřicátníků (Petatřicátníků Gardens), commemorates five hundred members of the Czechoslovak foreign military units that were killed, died of war injuries or disease, or died in the lien of duty in Western Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East between 1939 and 1945.

The memorial was designed by the students of the Private Secondary School of Arts and Crafts “Zámeček” in Plzeň. The sides of the monument feature engraved names of places where Czechoslovak forces served in ground units of western Allied forces, including the Czechoslovak Independent Armoured Brigade. A cast of a British military helmet worn by Czechoslovaks is placed at the top of the bollard.

The memorial also commemorates the those who fought in the resistance to the Czechoslovak Communist regime from 1948 to 1989, including those who were persecuted, imprisoned or executed.