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Warriors of Honour

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Tato multikes je venovana ceskoslovenskym hrdinum 2. svetove valky. / This multi-cache is dedicated to the Czechoslovak heroes of WWII.

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[Cz]
Defenders of Czechoslovakia in 1938
Stage 0 muzete absolvovat u svych pocitacu.
Pocatecni (a v nasem pripade nulte) zastaveni musi patrit bojovnikum z roku 1938, kteri sli s odvahou a nadsenim branit svoji republiku.
Nasazeni dobre vycvicene a odhodlane armady bylo ukonceno politickym rozhodnutim predtim, nez se mohla stretnout s nepritelem. Vojaci museli potupne slozit zbrane a vyklidit pohranicni opevneni (a dokonce je neposkozene odevzdat!!!).
Naproti tomu prislusnici Straze obrany statu cele mesice pred Mnichovem bojovali v plnohodnotne pohranicni valce. Neslo pritom „jen“ o udrzovani poradku v oblastech s nepratelsky naladenym a agresivnim nemeckym obyvatelstvem, ale i o boje s diverznimi a teroristickymi jednotkami, ktere na ceskoslovenske uzemi pronikaly z Rise, Polska a Madarska. Diky temto muzum se az do posledni chvile darilo drzet kontrolu nad celym pohranicim s vyjimkou nekterych vybezku. Uvadi se, ze pri obrane Ceskoslovenska polozilo tehdy zivoty pres 450 vojaku, cetniku, policistu a financu.
Samostatnou kapitolou je uspesna obrana ceskoslovenskeho uzemi proti utokum madarske armady. Zde slo nejen o diverzni akce, ale rovnez o operace (podporene i letectvem) za ucelem dobyti rozsahlych casti ceskoslovenskeho uzemi. Pri evakuaci z Podkarpatske Rusi v breznu 1939 pak museli prislusnici ceskoslovenske branne moci branit ustup svuj i civilniho obyvatelstva proti utokum Madaru, kteri obsazovali vyklizene uzemi.
Ucelene a podrobne informace na toto tema se hledaji dost obtizne. Velmi zajimave texty tykajici se jednotlivych oblasti vsak byvaji na strankach pohranicnich obci. Jako priklad uvadim tyto:

http://cetnici.habartov.cz/  www.luzicke-hory.cz

Czechoslovak airmen
Stage 1: N 50°06.058 E 014°23.974
Prvni zastaveni vam pripomene hrdinstvi Cechoslovaku ve vzduchu. O ceskoslovenskych letcich se nastesti lze docist pomerne hodne a diky neunavne a prekvapive uspesne snaze mnohych z nich vychazela kvalitni literatura na toto tema i koncem socialismu. Nejde jen o piloty, jimz je tradicne venovana nejvetsi pozornost, ale i o ostatni prislusniky posadek a pozemni personal.
Za vsechny si pripomenme napr. P/O Emila Fechtnera, DFC, posledniho ze 7 Cechoslovaku padlych v Bitve o Britanii. Emil Fechtner absolvoval vojenskou akademii jako porucik letectva. Pri mobilizaci v roce 1938 byl jako stovky dalsich letcu pripraven odrazit nemecky utok. Nemohl se smirit s kapitulaci a naslednou okupaci, a tak v cervnu 1939 odesel pres Polsko do Francie. Tam vstoupil do Cizinecke legie, ktera byla pro cizince jedinou moznosti, jak se zapojit do valky, jez mela brzy vypuknout. Kdyz se tak stalo, byl prerazen k Armée de l’air, kde se preskoloval na francouzske stihaci letouny. Vycvik vsak pred kapitulaci Francie nedokoncil. Podarilo se mu odplout do Velke Britanie, kde vstoupil do RAF. Po ustanoveni 310. ceskoslovenske stihaci perute byl do teto jednotky zarazen a 26. srpna 1940 se zapojil do Bitvy o Britanii. Behem dvou mesicu dosahl 4 sestrelenych nepratelskych letounu, 1 pravdepodobneho sestrelu a 1 stihacku poskodil. Za tyto vykony byl 28. rijna dekorovan zasluznym leteckym krizem (DFC). Nasledujici den kratce po startu doslo ke kolizi dvou hurricanu a v jednom z nich zahynul i Emil Fechtner, druhy nejuspesnejsi ceskoslovensky stihaci pilot v Bitve o Britanii.
Psat cokoli dalsiho by bylo nosenim drivi do lesa. Zkuste se podivat napr. na tyto stranky:
www.cs-letci.wz.cz

Stojite u pamatniku cs. letcu. Zjistete zde pocet padlych letcu a ziskate cislo A (3mistne, delitelne 13).

Outland Czechoslovak soldiers
Stage 2: N 50°06.009 E 014°23.690
Druhe zastaveni patri vojakum zahranicniho odboje. Vzpomenme napr. slavne ceskoslovenske jednotky v Severni Africe, v Sovetskem svazu nebo samostatnou obrnenou brigadu v ramci britske armady.
Za vsechny vojaky bojujici v zahranici uvedme Otakara Jarose, jenz se nesmiril s okupaci a v srpnu 1939 uprchl do Polska. Tam vstoupil do vznikajici ceskoslovenske jednotky. Po prepadeni Polska Sovetskym Svazem upadl do sovetskeho zajeti. Situace se zmenila po napadeni SSSR Nemeckem. Spolu s dalsimi Cechy, Slovaky a Rusiny se Jaros od roku 1942 podilel na formovani 1. cs. samostatneho praporu v Buzuluku. Stal se nadporucikem a velel 1. pesi rote. Ceskoslovenska jednotka poprve zasahla do boju v breznu 1943 kdy branila ukrajinskou obec Sokolovo pred utokem nemeckych tanku. V teto tezke bitve Jaros prokazal neobycejnou statecnost, padl a in memoriam byl povysen na kapitana a byl mu jako prvnimu cizinci udelen titul Hrdina SSSR.

Na uvedenych souradnicich stoji pomnik ceskoslovenskym vojakum, kteri bojovali v zahranici. Na pomniku zjistete pocet zemi/oblasti, kde ceskoslovensti vojaci bojovali. Ziskate sude 1ciferne cislo B.

Cca 65 metru na zapad, na budove generalniho stabu neprehlednete pomnik diviznimu generalovi Heliodoru Pikovi, ktery se mj. zaslouzil o propusteni nasich obcanu veznenych v nelidskych podminkach sovetskych zajateckych a koncentracnich taboru. Jeho poprava v roce 1949 byla prvni z rady justicnich vrazd spachanych komunistickym rezimem. Pod deskou gen. Piky spocitejte jmena dalsich zavrazdenych vojaku. Ziskate tak cislo C (delitelne 7). Na druhe strane vchodu do budovy je dalsi pametni deska. Cislo D (delitelne 13) je pocet dustojniku generalniho stabu, kteri za svobodu Ceskoslovenska zaplatili zivotem.

Domestic resistance
Stage 3: N 50°05.711 E 014°23.776
Treti zastaveni je venovano domacimu odboji.
Po obsazeni zbytku ceskych zemi Nemeckem v breznu 1939 zacaly vznikat odbojove skupiny, v ramci nichz se mnoho demobilizovanych prislusniku ceskoslovenske branne moci i civilistu zapojilo do akci namirenych proti okupantum. Provadely se jak sabotazni akce, tak zpravodajska cinnost, jejiz vysledky se predavaly ceskoslovenske zpravodajske sluzbe ve Velke Britanii. Cely odboj pracoval pod nesmirnym tlakem a v neustalem ohrozeni ze strany Gestapa a Sicherheitsdienstu a jejich ceskych konfidentu. Zasadni ranu zasadil ceskemu odboji nastup protektora Heydricha a represe nasledujici po atentatu na nej.
Souradnice vas privedly k pomniku stabniho kapitana Vaclava Moravka, ktery byl clenem legendarni odbojove trojice Masin, Balaban, Moravek proslavene pod prezdivkou Tri kralove. Skupina v letech 1939-1942 pusobila v Protektoratu Cechy a Morava a mela na konte mnoho odvaznych zpravodajskych i sabotaznich akci, jimiz pusobila Gestapu znacne starosti. Tri kralove se vsak neomezili jen na uzemi Protektoratu – v roce 1941 provedli bombovy atentat na Risske ministerstvo letectvi v Berline a pote na vlak vezouci SS reichsführera H. Himmlera. Gestapo nasadilo vsechny sily na jejich likvidaci a v dubnu 1941 se mu podarilo zatknout pplk. Balabana. V kvetnu po prestrelce padl do jejich rukou i pplk. Masin. Moravek unikl a pracoval dale. 21. brezna 1942 pozadal rotmistra Rehaka, aby pobliz Orechovky prevzal od jisteho dustojnika penize pro odboj (podle jine verze melo dojit k setkani s Paulem Thümmelem, jenz ale byl tou dobou uz zatcen). Gestapo vsak na nej cekalo. Rehak byl dopaden a Moravek mu sel na pomoc, kdyz z ukrytu vybehli dalsi gestapaci. Moravek se dal na utek, po svych pronasledovatelich strilel, nektere z nich zranil, ale nakonec pobliz Prasneho mostu padl. Zda jej pres zakaz gestapaci zastrelili ci zda se zastrelil sam, neni uplne jasne.
Vice se muzete docist napriklad v knize Tri kontra Gestapo (P.Kettner, I.M.Jedlicka).


Vlastni pomnik stoji na svetlejsim kamennem soklu. Jestlize je sirka soklu (zaokrouhlena na cele cm)
  • 15 cm, pak E=3,
  • 19 cm, pak E=2,
  • 24 cm, pak E=1.
Dokud je pomnik pryc, vezte, ze E=1. Az tam zase bude, dejte mi prosim vedet. Diky.

Stage 4: N 50°05.(C/7*2)(5*E)(B/2) E 014°23.(B)(A/91-2)(D/13-2)
Kdyz jsme vzdali cest hrdinum druhe svetove valky (a snad si i podporili narodni sebevedomi), muzeme si nyni dojit pro kes, kterou najdete nedaleko.

Cache je mala plastova krabicka; krome TB a GC se prosim snazte vkladat je drobne predmety s vojenskou tematikou ci nejak souvisejici s tematem cache.
Misto muze byt ponekud zamudlene. Pockejte, az bude vzduch cisty. Prosim vratte dlazebni kostky zpet, aby kes nebyla videt. Diky.

Dalsi zajimave odkazy: http://www.fronta.cz/ http://www.zasvobodu.cz/ www.fronta.cz   www.zasvobodu.cz


[En]
Stage 0: you can stay at your computer.
The zeroth stage must be dedicated to the men who defended their republic with courage and enthusiasm in 1938.
Engagement of well trained and gritty Czechoslovak army was terminated by a political decision before it has a chance to encouter the enemy. The soldiers had to lay down the weapons and clear the borderline fortifications (moreover, they had to hand their equipment to the enemy undamaged!!!)
On the other hand, the men of the State Defence Guard (consisting of selected men from all the armed forces) fought the full-value boundary war. Not only were they keeping order in areas with unfriendly and aggressive German population but also they were combating saboterur and terrorist units breaking through the border from the Reich, Poland and Hungary. Thanks to these men almost the entire borderline was under Czechoslovak governance up to the last moment. At that time more than 450 men of the armed forces laid down their lives defending Czechoslovakia.


Stage 1: N 50°06.058 E 014°23.974
The first stage will remind you of the heroism of Czechoslovak airmen. Let’s commemorate not only the pilots but all the men of board crews and ground crew.
One example for all - P/O Emil Fechtner, DFC, the last of 7 Czechoslovaks killed in the Battle of Britain. Emil Fechtner graduated from the military academy as a lieutenant of the air force in 1937. During the mobilisation in 1938 he (like hundreds of other pilots) was ready to beat back Germans. He could not do with the capitulation and consequent occupation, so he left to France in June 1939. He joined Legion Entrangére – the only way for a foreigner to take part in the war that was expected very soon. When the war broke out he was transferred to the Armée de l’air. However, his training for French fighter airplanes was terminated by French capitulation. He escaped to the U.K. and joined the R.A.F. When No. 310 (Czechoslovak) Squadron had been established he was placed in that unit and from August 26, 1940 he took part in the Battle of Britain. His results during two-month period were brilliant: 4 victories, 1 airplane likely destroyed, and 1 fighter damaged. On October 28 he was awarded with Distinguished Flying Cross. The following day he died shortly after takeoff when his Hurricanes collided with another one. Emil Fechtner was the second most successful Czechoslovak fighter pilot in the Battle of Britain.
You are standing at Czechoslovak airmen memorial. A (3-digit, divisible by 13) is the number of airmen killed in WWII.

Stage 2: N 50°06.009 E 014°23.690
The second stage is dedicated to Czechoslovak outland soldiers. Let’s recall e.g. glorious Czechoslovak units in North Africa, in the Soviet Union, and Independent Armoured Brigade within British Army.
An example of a brave soldier fighting abroad is Otakar Jaros. After German occupation he left for Poland where he joined a new Czechoslovak unit. After the Soviet invasion of Poland he was captured and became a P.O.W. in the USSR. Having been invaded by Germans, the USSR radically changed its attitude to imprisoned Czechoslovak citizens. Together with other Czechs, Slovaks and Ruthenians Jaros took part in creation of 1st Czechoslovak Independent Batallion in Buzuluk. He was promoted First Lieutenant and was in charge of 1st infantry platoon. The first combat action of the Czechoslovak unit was defence of Ukrainian village Sokolovo from the attack of German tanks. In the heavy battle he distinguished himself and he was killed. Otakar Jaros was the first foreign citizen to be awarded the title Hero of the USSR in memoriam.

At the coordinates there is the memorial to the soldiers having fought abroad. On the memorial you will learn that Czechoslovak soldiers fought in B (even 1-digit) countries/areas.

Cca 70 yards westwards, on the building of the Czech Army Generality don’t miss the tablet to General Heliodor Pika, who was responsible for discharge of Czechoslovak citizens kept in unhuman conditions in cages and concentration camps. The execution of Pika in 1949 was the first of a number of judicial murders committed by the communist regime. Under the tablet of Gen. Pika you will find C (divisible by 7) names of further soldiers murdered by the communist regime. On the other side of the entrance there is another tablet with D (divisible by 13) names of the Generality officers who paid for the liberty with their lives.

Stage 3: N 50°05.711 E 014°23.776
The third stage is dedicated to the domestic resistance.
When Germany occupied the remainder of the Czech territory in March 1939, illegal resistance groups started to appear. A large number of demobilised members of Czechoslovak armed forces and civilians performed sabotages and intelligence operations the results of which were handed over to the Czechoslovak intelligence service in the U.K. The resistance operated under tremendous pressure and in permanent jeopardy from Gestapo and Sicherheitsdienst and their Czech informers. A critical hit was dealt to the resistance when R. Heydrich came to Prague and after his assassination when the repressions got harder.
You are standing at the memorial to Captain Vaclav Moravek, a member of the legendary resistance group Masin, Balaban, Moravek famous as Three Kings. The group operated in the Protektorat Böhmen und Mähren in 1939-1942 and had carried out a number of venturous intelligence and sabotage missions, by which it were driving Gestapo crazy. Not only in Protektorat did Three Kings operate but also in Reich – in 1941 they set off a bomb in the Air Ministry in Berlin and later on they made an attempt to assassinate SS reichsführer H. Himmler in his train. Gestapo exerted all force to elimintate them and in April 1941 they captured Lt/Col Balaban. In May they caught Lt/Col Masin after gunfight. Moravek escaped and kept on working. On March 21, 1942 he asked W/O Rehak to meet an officer near Orechovka and accept money for the resistance (other version says that he was to meet Paul Thümmel who, however, was in custody at the moment). Gestapo, however, were lurking there. Rehak was captured and when Moravek appeared and tried to rescue him more Gestapo men dashed there. Moravek started to run, wounded some of the pursuers but in the end he was killed near Prasny Most. It is not 100% clear whether he was shot by Gestapo men or it was a suicide.


The memorial itself stands on a footstall of lighter-grey stone. If the width of the footstall is approximately
  • 6 in., then E=3,
  • 7.5 in., then E=2,
  • 9.5 in., then E=1.
When the memorial is not there, E=1. When it has been put back please let me know. Thanks.

Stage 4: N 50°05.(C/7*2)(5*E)(B/2) E 014°23.(B)(A/91-2)(D/13-2)
Having honoured the heroes of WWII you can now go and pick up the nearby cache.

The cache is a small plastic box; in addition to TBs & GCs please try to trade only a small military-topic stuff or something with connection to the topic of the cache.
The place might be quite muggled. Please wait till it is safe. Put the stone cubes back so ithe cache is not visible. Thanks.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

i qver fbxyh cybgh, nfv gev pgiegr zrgeh iyrib bq wnibeh / va n ubyr bs gur srapr jnyy, ppn guerr srrg yrsg bs gur zncyr

Decryption Key

A|B|C|D|E|F|G|H|I|J|K|L|M
-------------------------
N|O|P|Q|R|S|T|U|V|W|X|Y|Z

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



 

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