The name of the project symbolizes the Allies’ journey from D-Day (Normandy landings on June 6, 1944) to V-Day (victory day on May 6, 1945). The basic philosophy behind the project, initiated by the City of Pilsen in cooperation with Patton Memorial Pilsen in 2009, was to not just symbolically link the beginning and the end of the Allied forces’ journey as they liberated the European continent at the end of World War II, but especially link the celebrations of the 65th anniversary of the Normandy landing in June 2009 with the Liberation Festival in Pilsen in 2010.
DVD D-Day To V-Day
Over time the international project has been expanded to include further activities, such as cooperation in tourism, exchanges of information and exhibits among museums, and more.
D-Day to V-Day DVD
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The DVD was created as part of the city’s “From D-Day to V-Day” project.
Everything started on the beaches of Normandy in May 1945 and came to a joyous end in Pilsen in May 1945. At least at that moment it seemed as though we Czechs were once again a part of Free Europe.
It took nearly a year for the Allied troops to make their way through the European continent; besides fierce battles followed by freedom and joy, this journey was filled with human stories that not always finished with a happy end.
This project aims to fill a gap in our memory. Through history we can make it possible for young people today to look back into the past, learn from it and use it for our future. Honor and respect for those who won the battle against Nazism for us is something we should never forget.
The path “From D-Day to Victory” in 1944 and 1945 was a journey towards freedom. The freedom in which we now live allows us to undertake projects like From D-Day to V-Day and, by being reminded of how dear the price of freedom was, appreciate this freedom even more.
Browsing and navigation of the DVD has been laid out like a World War II diary. The navigation is easy, clear and intuitive. If you ever need assistance, simply click on the question mark icon at the bottom of the page.
The DVD features photographs and maps from the Patton Memorial Pilsen archive and NARA in Washington, D.C. Other photographs come from private collections and the City of Pilsen archive.