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Serial on the US Army’s advance in liberating Europe

A serial on the US Army’s advance in liberating Europe maps out the journey US forces made at the end of World War II. The serial was published daily from June 6, 2009 till May 8, 2010 in Plzeňský deník newspaper and on the Liberation Festival website in Czech and English. The author of this unique, never-before published historical material presented as a day-by-day chronology of the US Army’s advance is Milan Jíša, the curator of the Patton Memorial Pilsen. Historian Karel Foud contributed to the final editing. In 2009, 65 years had passed since the Allied armies landed in Normandy. On the anniversary of this event, June 6, 2009, the series mapping the Allies’ daily advance up until the victorious conclusion on May 6, 1945, was published in Plzeňský deník. You can purchase an interactive DVD containing the serial as well as numerous period photographs, documents, and recollections of the events at the City of Pilsen Information Center, Náměstí Republiky 43, 301 00 Pilsen, Czech Republic; email info@icpilsen.cz, or online at www.icpilsen.cz/en

Cooperation among military clubs

As part of the project, cooperation among Czech and foreign military history clubs has intensified. Czech military history fans regularly participate in celebrations of the Allied landing in Normandy, and participating clubs from abroad help to enrich Pilsen’s Liberation Festival program.

Pilsen military history clubs visit celebrations of the Allied landing in Normandy.

http://www.militarycarclub.cz/video.php

Tanks that liberated Europe in 1945 appeared on Pilsen's Republic Square during the 2010 Liberation Festival.


Intermuseum exchange of exhibits

The General Patton Museum received a symbolic milestone from Normandy for the 65th anniversary of the city’s liberation.

Museums from Luxembourg exhibited objects from their collections at the Patton Memorial Pilsen in 2010.

Interactive DVD

At the end of 2010, the City of Pilsen published an interactive DVD featuring a calendar of the US Army’s advance in liberating Europe. The daily advances made by military units are presented along with photographs and maps. In addition you can find American veterans’ stories in their own words as well as information about individual units. You can purchase the DVD by COD at: City of Pilsen Information Center, Náměstí Republiky 43, 301 00 Pilsen, Czech Republic; email info@icpilsen.cz, or online at www.icpilsen.cz/en.

 Belgian veterans’ memories

The City of Pilsen published Vzpomínky belgických veteránů (Memories of Belgian Veterans) in 2009. In the book, Belgian soldiers describe the stories of their lives, including their service in the 17th Fusilier Battalion under the US Army’s 2nd Infantry Division. You can purchase the book by COD at the City of Pilsen Information Center, Náměstí Republiky 43, 301 00 Pilsen, Czech Republic (email info@icpilsen.cz)

Excerpt from the book Vzpomínky belgických veteránů

500 Hours to Victory

The City of Pilsen published this unique book in Czech and English for the 66th anniversary of the US Army’s liberation of the city. It describes personal experiences, memories and eyewitness accounts which took place as history was being made. The greater part of the book is devoted to the liberation of western Bohemia. Published by Svět křídel, the book can be purchased by COD at the City of Pilsen Information Center, Náměstí Republiky 43, 301 00 Pilsen, Czech Republic; email info@icpilsen.cz, or online at www.icpilsen.cz.

Excerpt from the book “500 Hours to Victory”