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Commemorating Czechoslovak servicemen in Cholmondeley, Cheshire

Commemorating Czechoslovak servicemen in Cholmondeley, Cheshire

16.7.2018 | Aktivity veľvyslancov |

Ambassador of Slovakia in London Ľubomír Rehák and his delegation together with that of the Czech Embassy in London took part in a wreath lying ceremony at the memorial dedicated to Czechoslovak servicemen in Cholmondeley, Cheshire on 14 July 2018. The ceremony is being organized annually by the Czechoslovak legionaries foreign association to commemorate 4000 Czech and Slovak soldiers who from July to November 1940 had assembled in a provisional field camp at the site of Cholmondeley castle, Cheshire while withdrawing from France after its annexation. Part of these servicemen later formed 1st independent Czechoslovak armoured brigade with the airmen being gradually admitted into five RAF wings. Overall, in WW2, Czechoslovak units in the UK welcomed in their ranks approximately 10 thousand Czechs and Slovaks many of who distinguished themselves fighting in the Battle of Britain, the siege of Dunkerque and further operations for liberation of Europe. Paratroopers took a special tribute for carrying out operation Antropoid resulting in the assassination of Deputy Reich protector Reinhard Heydrich in Prague in 1942.