Czech airmen took part in missions on D-Day and during the Battle of Normandy, and the Czech Armoured Brigade landed and fought later in the campaign.
In 1993 the Republic of Czechoslovakia separated into two countries, the Czech Republic (also known as ‘Czechia’) and Slovakia. Records related to former Czechoslovakia personnel who served during the Second World War are held in archives located in either the Czech Republic or Slovakia.
- The Czech Military Central Archive in Prague holds service records of Czech officers who were born between 1865 and 1905 and other ranks born between 1865 and 1910.
- The Military History Archive in Bratislava holds service records for soldiers born between 1911 and 1920. The Military History Archive also holds records relating to the Czechoslovak Resistance during the Second World War.
- The Military Archive Central Registry in Trnava holds service records of soldiers born from 1921 onwards and officers born from 1905 onwards.
- Czech war graves are cared for by the Czech Department of Veterans. Czech personnel who were killed during the Second World War can be searched via their website.
If you are researching a serviceman who was held as a prisoner the International Red Cross hold records of all twentieth century Prisoners of War.
We do hold some material in our archives that may be useful. For example, we may have a published or unpublished history of a unit, the memoirs of another veteran who served in the same unit, or photographs of a relevant unit or place.
We also hold material such as maps that may be useful in understanding a soldier’s service in Normandy, for example.
We also have a large library of books relating to D-Day. This material can be consulted by the public, by prior appointment.