From Normandy up to Pilsen
69 years ago, June 6, 1944 in the morning, the Allied attack against Wehrmacht Units was opened by the Normandy Landings. The D-Day, when the invasion of Normandy started, became one of the most important events of World War II. The moment of surprise, soldiers´ determination and courage achieved success, the liberation of European Continent started there and continued up to May 1945. Some of the Units, which had combated on the Normandy beaches, finished their victory voyage in Pilsen.
11. 9. 2013
Liberation Festival 2014 will be held in Pilsen, 2-6 May. The city is already preparing the programme, which so far contains especially the traditional annual events.
27. 5. 2013
Once again Pilsen reveled in celebrations of the US Army’s liberation of the city, which this year were held from May 3 through 6. On these days, Pilsen symbolically – and in many sites literally – went back in time to the end of World War II. Authentic military camps in the city center, a Sunday parade of historical military vehicles on Klatovská Boulevard, emotional meetings with war veterans and a vibrant cultural program were again the main attractions. One of this year’s new additions was Army Week, prepared in cooperation with Czech soldiers and the Czech Ministry of Defense.
4. 5. 2013
The celebrations commemorating the US Army’s liberation of Pilsen is entering its second day. A meeting with U.S. veterans, who will chiefly recall the end of the war, will start at the Peklo cultural center at 10:30 a.m. Soldiers directly involved in the fighting in May 1945 who are regular guests in Pilsen – Earl Ingram, George Thompson, Steven Mason, James Duncan and Robert Gilbert – will all be taking part. For the first time the city is pleased to also welcome veterans from the 26th Infantry Division (Yankee Division), John Coath, Stephen E. Kantor, John Sebesta and Harry Lee. More informations