Hello everyone, first – a word of warning, this article will be very long and full of historical facts, so if you are here for the World of Tanks stuff, you might want to skip it. Still here? Very well then. Remember the old Call of Duty – Modern Warfare? There was a line, saying “History is written by the victor, history is full of liars” – the “Captain Price’s speech”, from where the name of this blog comes as well by the way. Either way, despite being used in a videogame, these words are true in real life as well. There are a lot of lies being told about WW2. The history was written by the victors – I am not complaining about that fact, it is simply the way world works. Everybody lies after all, as House would say. In time however, it is only prudent for the worst myths to be debunked. Not every Russian was a patriotic partisan. Not every Russian soldier was a brave hero, fighting for the Motherland. Not every German was a bloodthirsty monster. And not every Czech was a collaborator, certainly not in the way that they are often depicted and mentioned even is serious literature. The myth of massive Czech collaboration started very prosaically – as a nazi propaganda to subdue the newly captured Czechoslovak republic. After all, the Germans had no need for proud and independent people of course. Neither did Stalin, that’s why this lie was allowed to survive and was accepted as “the truth” after 1948, when Stalinist lackeys, during a coup took over Czechoslovakia and threw it into the decades of Soviet control, reinforced 20 years later by Soviet “brotherly help” – but that is a story for another time. Let’s return to the desperate days of the Heydrichiad (the term for the aftermath of the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich, the notorious nazi butcher, culminating with the mass murder at the villages Lidice and Ležáky). This article will be mostly a translation of a long historical article series “Inconvenient Heroes” by Václav Vlk sr., who took time to debunk one of the nastiest prevalent WW2 myths. I had to modify the article several times in order to make sense in English and in order to improve the formatting of the post, so the translation is not perfect, but I tried to keep it as authentic as possible. The references will be posted at the end of the article. Enjoy. Part I The German propaganda shouted ever since 1940 about the Czech nation being content with its “journey with the Third Reich hand in hand”. Ever since Autumn 1941, the propaganda became very professional, because at that point, Heydrich summoned SS-Sturmbannführer Paul Martin Wolf, a philologist and historian, to lead the IV. Department of the Reichsprotektor office (propaganda). The collaborators then, just like they were ordered to, spat venom in the press at the “vile and irresponsible monster, Mr.Beneš” (SS: the wartime Czechoslovak president in exile), who “brings chaos into the national-socialist work.” If we compare today’s articles about Beneš from some modern “politologists”, or the modern movies – or even the opinions in internet discussions, they all seem to come straight out of the kitchen of the “Cultural Politics department” of the Reichsprotektor office (1), (2), (3). The communists, as well, started singing the same old nasty song about the “irresponsibility of Beneš” and the “futility of the resistance” (non-communist resistance of course) and about the “pointless losses”. Nazis and stalinists do love the fairy tale about the “cowardly Czech nation”, after all, they didn’t need a free self-confident nation for their plans. After 1989 in Czech media, slowly at first, but then louder and louder, the idea of the nazi Protektorat as a “relative oasis of peace and prosperity” started to appear, along with slandering of president Beneš as a war monger. From saying that Czechs were cowards and collaborators (invented at first as a part of the nazi propaganda), the media moved on to say that the entire Czech nation was criminal – see for example the “discovering the graves” (of only some), the “building of monuments” (only to some) and the declaration of Beneš as a “war criminal” creator of the “German genocide”. Let’s have a look then at how it really was. We owe it to the 294 murdered people, who helped the Czechoslovak commandos assassinating Heydrich, victims of one of the worst crimes, committed by the nazi regime. The Assassination of Heydrich They say that the day, that would decide about the life and death of thousands of people and about the fate of the entire Czech nation as well was sunny. It was Wednesday, 27.5.1942 and Reinhard Heydrich was sitting in his black Mercedes, travelling to Prague. His little chateau at Panenské Břežany, north of Prague, embodied for him, as a deputy Heinrich Himmler and second most powerful of the SS (rank of Obergruppenführer) and since 1941 the acting Reichsprotektor für Böhmen und Mähren, a perfect example of how the Czech lands would look in the nazi future. High nazi officials (Reichsdeutschen (Reich Germans), the nazis didn’t count on the Sudeten Germans much) will control their “kingdoms” and the Czech slaves will work on them, just like Madame Heydrich liked it. And there will be a plenty of slaves (to be objective, we have to add that according to confirmed testimonies, Mrs. Heydrich was treating her staff well). And “Prag” would after the “final solution” become the “old German town” again. The trip to Prague was uneventful until that fateful curve in the road came. Slovak soldier Gabčík tried to shoot him with his submachinegun and the Czech, Kubiš, threw a specially modified bomb at the car, used in Africa by British soldiers to tear off the tracks of tanks. Sandard grenades were deemed too weak and a heavy frag grenade would in turn kill not only Heydrich, but also Gabčík and Kubiš. The bomb on the other hand killed not by fragments, but its sheer explosive power. After a week, on 4.6.1942, Heydrich died. With that being said, a lot of info about the assassination, repeated over and over to this day, is made up. It is confirmed by meteorological entries for that day (4) that the day was cloudy, proving that the favourite detail of the story of Valčík giving a sign with a mirror to the two commandos could not happen. By the way, both nazi and communist propaganda was spreading that Heydrich was so sure with the pacification of the Czechs that he was just driving around openly without protection. It is not true. 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