Category Archives: Autobiography

Prague Pimpernel

. . Prague Pimpernel by Joe Doubek . . . From a steady humdrum career as a young accountant, Joe Doubek was suddenly pitchforked into a life of danger, adventure and high drama by Adolf Hitler’s brutal seizure of Czechoslovakia … Continue reading

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Story of a Bohemian

. . Story of a Bohemian by Jan Shuster (Šustr) . .… .… .… This is the story of the author’s early childhood in Czechoslovakia, through to his escape after the German invasion. It is not a story of heroics … Continue reading

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Pavel Svoboda remembers

Recollections of W/O Pavel Svoboda, Air Gunner with 311 Czechoslovak Sqn:- I was born on 28 June 1916 at Bohuslavice u Kyjova, Hodonín, Czechoslovakia. In 1939, I was studying at the Law Faculty of Masaryk University, Brno, Czechoslovakia. I was … Continue reading

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Arnost Zabrs remembers

Recollections of W/O Arnošt Zábrš, pilot with 311 Czechoslovak Sqn: I was born on the 19.4.1912 in Brno (Brunn), Czechoslovakia, son of a man, who died at the end of the world-war one, as a consequence of that war and … Continue reading

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Flight to Freedom – Karel Stastny

. FLIGHT TO FREEDOM – Karel Šťastný’s airborne escape to England on 14 June 1948: At the time, late in January, 1948 that the new Government was set up under Communist Leadership, Karel was stationed at Bratislava and thus separated … Continue reading

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Shot down – Frantisek Fajtl

. On 5 May 1942, S/Ldr František Fajtl DFC participated in the ill-fated Circus 157 over Northern France. During this mission he was shot down and his account of his successful evasion and return to England is: The weather was … Continue reading

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The Long Trip in 1940

. The autobiographical story of F/O Jaroslav Polivka’s escape from German occupied Czechoslovakia to England: I hadn’t known Mírek for very long prior to our from Prague. I met him first on a canoe trip I took with Otak and … Continue reading

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German Occupation 1938

War was never declared between Czechoslovakia and Germany. At 01:30 on 30 September 1938 the Munich Agreement was signed by Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, Neville Chamberlain and Édouard Daladier the leaders of Nazi Germany, Italy, Great Britain and France respectively. … Continue reading

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Escape to England

. . .. Escape to England by Dr Karel A Machacek., . … This extraordinary moving story of a patriotic Czech tells of his country’s struggle for freedom and of a war. The author’s boyhood in a Czechoslovakia full of … Continue reading

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Let’s Add A Little Oil to the Fire! – a review

A review of ‘Let’s Add A Little Oil to the Fire!’ The autobiography of Jaroslav Novak World War 2 began just as Jaroslav Novak commenced his university studies in Prague.  Following the shooting of 9 student leaders and the closure … Continue reading

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