Patton Museum to hold "The Will to Fight" exhibition in May
At the beginning of May 2012, visitors to the Patton Memorial Pilsen can view the brand-new exhibition entitled “The Will to Fight.” Several thousand Czechoslovaks from throughout the country fought in Czechoslovak land-based military units in the West against Nazi Germany in World War II. In 1940 they defended France, in 1941 through 1943 they fought Rommel’s Afrikakorps in the deserts of northern Africa, and in 1944 and 1945 they were participants in the siege of Dunkirk, France. A handful of the soldiers came to western Bohemia in May 1945 alongside General Patton’s men. The path to freedom for the subjugated nation was thousands of miles long. And at the end lay the city of Pilsen.
The exhibition will be part of a May 8 commemoration ceremony in Pilsen that will officially unveil a memorial dedicated to Czechoslovaks who took up arms to fight alongside the Allies and perished on the western front.