Thursday, August 21, 2008

The Soviet Invasion of 1968 and Missing Street Signs in Prague

Prague - Yesterday marked the 40th anniversary of the Soviet invasion of (then) Czechoslovakia. This event has been adequately covered in the news and many other blogs, but today I was reminded of a little known and hardly remembered fact about the invasion, which is that the Soviets erred by one hour in their timing, allowing the Czechoslovakian state radio to stay on the air long enough to encourage citizens to take some immediate action against the invasion, which the people of Prague actually did by removing many street signs. Russian tanks were blundering around lost as a result. One tank shot the National Museum, mistakenly thinking it was the Parliament building. I believe this little tidbit of history says something about both Russians and Czechs.

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