When on 21 August 1968 Soviet tanks appeared in front of the barracks in Holešov in the Kroměříž region, the commanders of the local paratroopers refused to let them in. The Gard Tank Battalion did not enter the barracks in the coming days, which served approximately 700 members of the Seventh Parachute Regiment of Special Purpose. Throughout Czechoslovakia, events in August were quite unique.
"I think we were the only unit in the republic that they did not let go at all," said former paratrooper Josef Bartošek during the meeting of former members of the Holešov division.
The Soviets soon changed their tanks in Holešov & # 39; s dozens in the direction of the barracks. "It was a very tense moment when we were nervous and eventually our commanders had to threaten them by not going away with those tanks, so we have enough armored fists and ammunition to destroy these tanks," Bartošek said.
According to him, the members of the tank battalion had good information about the number of soldiers in the barracks and their training and equipment. In July 1968, the Soviet commanders visited the barracks as representatives of the friendly armies and inspected them thoroughly.
In August 1968 Miroslav Kopecký, member of the so-called keen company, spent hours and days in the department of Holešov. She had 60 members and she would go first. Together with his colleagues, the commanders sent him through the barracks around the shooting range to nearby Dobrotic. "We were two days there, we dug earthlings to survive, and we waited for orders, what we were, we were armed, we had machine guns, explosives, grenades," said Kopecky.
However, the armed conflict did not take place. Holešov soldiers convinced the Soviets to turn the guns to the other side. After a few days, the occupiers also took to the streets and fields. Later they started to moor in the forest a few kilometers away from Přílepy, where they had their habitat until October.
Paratroopers were quickly punished for their position. In 1969 the elite Holešov unit came in and was dissolved. The remnants of the unit transferred the army to Prostějov, the Command Corps, spread throughout Czechoslovakia.
The 50-year event in Holešov today reminded about 200 former members of the Airborne Regiment. Part of the multi-hour program was a ceremonial entry to the former training camp of the platform and the barracks, which is now part of the campus of the Central Police School.
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