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The Prague Uprising was an attempt by the Czech resistance to free the city of Prague from German occupation during World War Two. It began on May 5, 1945. The Munich Agreement and the first Vienna Award After the Austrian Anschluss, Czechoslovakia was to become Hitlers next target. ... Prague (Czech: Praha, German: Prag, see also other names) is the capital and largest city of the Czech Republic. ... German soldiers at the Battle of Stalingrad World War II was the most extensive and costly armed conflict in the history of the world, involving the great majority of the worlds nations, being fought simultaneously in several major theatres, and costing tens of millions of lives. ...

The trigger was the morning broadcast of Czech radio. It said: "It is just six o'clock" in the mixture of Czech and German. People knew immediately what that meant. Soon after that a group of Czech policemen came to seize the radio building on Vinohradská road. The thing they were not aware of was that there already was a strong unit of German SS soldiers. The first success was therefore followed by a long and tough fight. The radio started to call for help while sounds of shooting mixed with the speaking voice. Many people came to help. They were armed mostly only with small arms or even axes, but they were brave and ready to help. SS or ss or Ss may be: The Schutzstaffel, a Nazi paramilitary force Steamship (SS) (ship prefix) The United States Secret Service A submarine not powered by nuclear energy (SS) (United States Navy designator), see SSN A Soviet/Russian surface-to-surface missile, as listed by NATO reporting name Shortstop...

As the situation became worse for Germans they decided to send one secretary on the roof of the building. They told her to report any hostile movement around that building. But the women kept saying there was nothing going on. When Germans realised she was lying they threw her off the roof. At last Germans were pushed into the cellar and flooded out by Czech firefighters. Germans tried to destroy the whole building on the next day and so they send a plane to bombard it. Dozens of defenders were killed and the radio itself was destroyed. But there was another one that started to broadcast just few minutes later.

At about 1AM on the March 6 1945 the radio asked people to build barricades and in one night there was over one thousand of them created. The resistance managed to seize half of the city before Germans managed to react. But the next hours were critical, because rebels were running out of ammo and had only a few AT weapons while Germans had a lot of tanks at their disposal. Many people died for nothing, because American army had already been in Pilsen while Russians still had some hundred of kilometers to go.

Eventually on May 8 1945, the Russian army arrived at Prague and the city was free.

See also

The Prague Offensive May 6— May 11, 1945 ( Russian:Пражская наступательная операция, Prazhskaya nastupatelnaya operacia, Prague offensive operation) was the last major battle of the Eastern Front of the World War II. During the battle Prague was liberated, and the troops of Army Group Center that did not surrender after...

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The Prague Spring (Czech: Pražské jaro) was a period of political liberalization in Czechoslovakia starting January 5, 1968, and running until August 20 of that year when the Soviet Union and its Warsaw Pact allies (except for Romania) invaded the country.
The events of the Prague Spring deepened the disillusion of many Western leftists with Leninist views, and contributed to the growth of Eurocommunist ideas in Western communist parties — leading to the eventual dissolution or break-up of many of these groups.
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Prague Offensive - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (384 words)
During the battle Prague was liberated, and the troops of Army Group Center that did not surrender after the capitulation of Germany were captured (~850,000).
The assault crushed the last sizeable pocket of German resistance which did not comply with the unconditional surrender of German forces on May 8, and it relieved the Czech partisans fighting in the Prague Uprising started on May 5, 1945 who were aided briefly by the Russian Liberation Army (Vlasov).
To honor the participants of the operation, the Soviet Union instituted the Medal for the Liberation of Prague.
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