Friday, August 17, 2018

50 Years Ago

It was 50 years ago today that the Soviet Union made the decision to invade Czechoslovakia.  Three days later, on the night of 20.8.1968, troops from the U.S.S.R, Bulgaria, Hungary, and Poland invaded.  The invasion was known as "Operation Danube" and it was to crush the liberalisation reforms known as the Prague Spring.

I knew that Romania did not join the Warsaw Pact invasion because Ceaușescu was against it.  However, I always thought that East Germany was part of the initial invasion.  Apparently this was called off right before the invasion because it was too close to the 30th anniversary of Nazi Germany having annexed the Sudetenland.

Here's a pretty comprehensive video I found out on YouTube about the chain of events that led to the Soviet-led invasion.

©History Class

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