Plzen, CZ: Grafik Print Works, 1945. Photographers : Kren, Prazsky, Caltova, Houda, Havlik. Paperback. Cover title "American Army of Plzen" title page continues "Czechoslovakia May 1945", printed in Czech and English. Oblong 16mo (6 inches tall) pp. unpaginated [2 - blanks, i-ii - title page/Address for Czech Friends, 1-16 photo pages, iii-iv - dedication page/copyright page, 2 - blanks], illustrated throughout with 16 pages of jubilant Rotogravure photo reproductions. What makes this celebratory view book special are the 10 pages with written observations added to the photos and text by an American soldier who was on the ground during the fighting. "On Sunday, after a forced march in rain and mud from Nurenberg, almost without sleep in sixty hours our first elements reached Pilsen to aid the local inhabitants who had opened warfare on the occupying Nazis. We smashed the the strong points, captured an airfield and many prisoners. Sniper fire was spasmodic. Then after a few days we advanced to the furthest line of advance east, to a point where by agreement with our Russian allies – we would not pass – but would meet advancing Russian elements." and "A few days later we heard of final capitulatance in front of this building. When we first saw this street it was raked with sniper fire.". Light soil and a single vertical crease to book, terminal leaf torn at staples. Very Good Plus. Item #4129
An interesting little view book, published in the same month of the Czechoslovakian liberation from the Nazis - offering an official version, alongside a soldier's more personal insights.
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