Colonel General Vaclav KRATOCHVIL
Chief of the General Staff of the Czechoslovak People's Army
In 1925, he became an officer of the Czechoslovak Army. After Nazi Occupation of the Czechoslovak Republic, he actively participated in home resistance. In 1939, he joined the so called Government Troops. In 1940, he was imprisoned. From 1949, he served at the Main Staff of the Czechoslovak Defence Force. In his position of the Chief of the General Staff of the Czechoslovak People's Army he continued in the build-up of the military according to the Soviet pattern, but at the same time supported modernisation of the military. In 1955, the Czech Republic joined the Warsaw Pact. He retired in 1961.