Reenacting the Liberation of Plzeň, 63 Years Later

I was going through some photos of my 2008 trip to Plzeň, Czech Republic, and rediscovered that I was actually visiting the city during the 63rd anniversary of its liberation from Nazi Germany.

General George S. Patton’s Third Army was given the task of liberating western Czechoslovakia at the end of World War II, and it was the 16th Armored Division that went to Plzeň in early May 1945. I was fortunate enough to be there for some of the reenactments and ceremonies.

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For more information, the U.S. Embassy in Prague released a pamphlet in 2010 celebrating the 65th anniversary of the event.

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