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Czechs Celebrate 70th anniversary of Assassination of Heydrich

Discussion in 'WWII General' started by scipio, May 27, 2012.

  1. scipio

    scipio Member

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  2. urqh

    urqh Tea drinking surrender monkey

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    May he rest in pieces....Pity didn't have time to hang draw and quarter him though.
     
  3. Gebirgsjaeger

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    Somehow killed him a other one at least who won´t give him the right medication after they´ve seen that he has gangrene. Anyway, it hasn´t hit the wrong guy!
     
  4. Volga Boatman

    Volga Boatman Dishonorably Discharged

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    This particular incident is far from popular or even celebrated as much as we in the west would like to believe.

    When British intelligence planned Heydrich's assassination, they were playing a very dark game.

    Heydrich had organised Czech factories, improved rations and living conditions for Aryan Czechs. The reason he drove to work with a desperate lack of protection was that Czecholslovakia was actually becoming an asset to the Third Reich under his leadership and direction.

    British intelligence could not have this industrial jewel producing arms for the Reich indefinately; they had to find a way to destabilize the region.

    Reinhardt Heydrich was widely tagged as Adolf Hitler's SUCCESSOR, should anything happen to "Der Chef" himself. Knocking Heydrich for six was a direct stab at Hitler's inner circle, and SOE knew this very well. Bumping off Heydrich was sure to bring retaliation from the Germans onto tens of thousands of Czechs who would otherwise have no bearing on the outcome.

    Many Czech people at the time realised this. What was good for British intelligence was not neccessarily good for Czechoslovakia. The wider issue of destabilizing an entire region was the key. Europe had seen already what Nazi retaliation would consist of, and London knew very well that they would be recruiting converts to the cause once the Germans reacted to this of all assassinations.

    Czech people I have talked to in this day and age see this all very clearly. They do not go overboard trying to remember this event as anything other than what it was. Political assassination used as a tool to other ends.

    Lidice was the result, as expected. From that day forward, the Czechs trusted nobody anymore. Their country had been sold down the river in 1938, as it was to be again in 1945 when Soviet occupation changed places with Germany as the local tyranical regime.As a people, the Czechs still haven't gotten over this, and rightly so.

    I'll acknowledge the Heydrich killing as a victory for the Allied cause, but a gigantic defeat for the Czechs themselves.

    Incidently, if Heydrich wasn't such a 'toff' in his choice of motor vehicle, the results might have been a fiasco, with Heydrich surviving. The horsehair seats were not exactly a common feature to anything but Mercedes cars, so in hindsight, it was Heydrich choice of vehicle that sealed his fate. Of course, hindsight is 20/20 vision after all.
     
  5. urqh

    urqh Tea drinking surrender monkey

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    Total war...It was not done for
    anyone to celebrate or whatever. He was a perfectly reasonable target to take out. The recriminations for Lidice etc were not the fault of the commando team. Granted it was probably known something would be done in revenge afterwards, but that can never be a reason for not acting. Pity more were not targetted in a similar vein. If that meant our own being targetted....so be it. War in all its forms.
     
  6. Skipper

    Skipper Kommodore

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    Good play on words Urgh, The conference of Wannsee became the one of Wahnsinn. Those who understand German will understand mine
     
  7. Volga Boatman

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    As usual and so often Urqh my dear fellow, you are correct.

    My post was meant to be another angle on this, one that is rarely looked at, that of from the viewpoint of the Czechoslovakians themselves that had to put up with the fallout from necessary evils like the assassination of reinhardt Heydrich.

    The reason I mention this is because I know people in the Czech community here in Darwin that hold excatly the views I expressed. Just playing devil's advocate.

    History, after all, does not consult the Czechs who paid the price. It only looks at the 'big picture'....

    Damn, I hate it when your'e right!
     
  8. Kai-Petri

    Kai-Petri Kenraali

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    I read that not only did the Germans destroy Lidice but also the village of Levzacky the same way... Is Levzacky remebered the same way?
     
  9. LRusso216

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    To be honest, I've heard of Lidice, but not Levzacky. It is enough that Heydrich was killed. Urqh is correct when he says the consequences are no excuse for inaction. I wish, too, that others like him were targeted. The Czechs may be upset with the Allies, but I don't think we could have done less.
     
  10. Volga Boatman

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    Kai, Levzacky is remembered not at all.

    It was good of you to remind us all that it wasn't the only community to suffer the fallout from this action, lock stock and barrel.

    All I can say is "No more Levzacky's, no more Lidices, no more Oradour-Sur-Glanes."

    Europe had gone mad. Thank God that modern Europeans are a far more 'together' bunch of people.
     
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    That man disearved it, good riddens Heydrich.
     
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    I am shocked when I read about Adolf Eichmann's order to Execute the Children, They were transported to a local Gestapo office in Lodz, then were sent to a Death camp 70 Kilometers away, there they were murdered in the gas vans. Here is a memorial to the children, I was almost in tears when I read this, I hope Eichmann is in Hell.
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