Czech Republic

Czechoslovakia was formed after the First World War. The country was one of the first to fall prey to Nazi Germany and one of the last to be liberated during the war. 

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Liberation Route Europe in Czech Republic

The population of Czechoslovakia knew several minority groups including a large German speaking minority close to the German border in a region called the Sudetenland. Hitler used the presence of this group as an excuse to take over the Sudetenland in 1938. France and Britain, Allies to Czechoslovakia, agreed to this rather than face war. In March 1939 Germany occupied the rest of the country. Czechoslovakia was one of the last countries to remain occupied. It was liberated by both the Western Powers and the Soviet Union. During the war Czechoslovakia had an active resistance movement and thousands of Czechs fought alongside the Western and Soviet forces.

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