After eight brutal years, the town of Pilsen revolted against the Nazis on May 5, 1945 and cleared the way for General George Patton and his United States Third Army to charge into Pilsen’s Republic Square on May 6, 1945.
Before the Second World War, the nation of Czechoslovakia had been an independent and economically successful nation in Central Europe. But in the 1930s, Germany and Russia threatened to take over the nation. In 1938, Great Britain and France signed the Munich Treaty. Pilsen and all of northwest Czechoslovakia called the Sudetenland was transferred to the Nazis. British Prime Minister,
“They lost their freedom so they know what’s it’s like without freedom and now they want to preserve that freedom and they want their children to remember what freedom means. It’s amazing to me.“ Kirkham and the others rode in World War II Jeeps and tanks restored to full combat functionality by the local Pilsen car clubs.