A noteworthy friendly meeting took place near Prague on the eve of Victory Day and the 24th anniversary of Czechoslovakia's liberation by the Soviet Army.
A noteworthy friendly meeting took place near Prague on the eve of Victory Day and the 24th anniversary of Czechoslovakia's liberation by the Soviet Army. A delegation of the top leaders, headed by Pres. Ludwik Svoboda, called on the Central group of Soviet forces temporarily stationed in Czechoslovakia. The President was accompanied by Mr. Husak, the First Secretary of the Communist Party, Prime Minister Gernik, the chief for party work in Czehia Mr.Strogal, the First Secretary of the Slovak Communist Party Mr.Sadovsky, Defense Minister Dzur, and others.
Upon entering the garrison, the group was welcomed by Gen. Mayorov, in command, and the Soviet Ambassador in Czechoslovakia Mr. Chervonenko.
This was a cordial meeting between representatives of fraternal nation and of allied armies. It was a meeting between fellow soldiers and guerillas of the recent world war. The Soviet people honor Pres. Svoboda, an internationalist who commanded the legendary First Czechoslovak Army Corps in the war. He led his forces from a village near Kharkov, the Ukraine, to Prague. The Soviet people appreciate the exploits of the Slovak uprising, in which Mr.Gustav Husak was a prominent leader. The Soviet people will never forget the utter bravery displayed by the leaders of the Czechoslovak Resistance who did so much for the victory.
Cars escorted the guests to the training center. President and other Czechoslovak leaders were introduced to tank men participating in exercises. Upon a command, tanks took up positions, went forward, and struck their targets. The tanks were supported by aviation.
A group of Soviet and Czechoslovak officers and man was presented with certificates of honor and awards for excellently equipping the training center.
On behalf of the Council of the Central group and of the Soviet Army men, Pres. Svoboda was presented with a Soviet uniform and a model of a tank as a sign of warm friendship. The tank model is inscribed, "To President Ludwik Svoboda of Czechoslovakia from Soviet tankem."
The model contains a cartridge of sacred soil from the Brest Fortress.
A gala meeting was held in the center club, devoted to Victory Day and the 24th anniversary of the liberation of Czechoslovakia from the fascist invaders by the Soviet Army. Gen. Mayorov spoke. He greeted Pres. Svoboda and the other Czechoslovak guests.
On behalf of his forces, Gen.Mayorov wished the Czechoslovak soldiers and the entire nation the greatest of success in developing their socialist society.
Pres. Svoboda was stormily applauded when he was to speak. He expressed gratitude for the cordial reception Shown him, and added, "This meeting is taking place on the eve of a celebration common to the Czechoslovak and Soviet people, the 24th anniversary of Czechoslovakia's liberation by the Soviet Army.
"We have shared the same fate, and both good and bad times.
"Our years of alliance, cooperation, and friendship are a reliable basis on which we have always solved and will continue to solve common problems.
"The units you are serving in are dislocated in Czechoslovak territory , this country will remain a firm member of the socialist community."
Pres. Svoboda wished the Soviet Army further success in promoting world peace.
Defense Minister Dzur conveyed greetings to the Central group and the entire Soviet Army from the Czechoslovak People's Army on the occasion of Victory Day and the 24th anniversary of Czechoslovakia's liberation. On behalf of the official delegation, he presented the Central group with a picture symbolizing the victory of the Soviet Army over Nazi fascism.
Gen. Mayorov presented the Czechoslovak delegation with a portrait of Vladimir Lenin.
The rally finished with the singing of the International. The meeting between the government and Communist Party leaders of Czechoslovakia and the Soviet soldiers took place in an atmosphere of exceptional cordiality and comradeship. It demonstrated the firmness of the fraternal friendship between the two nations.