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International parade commemorates Czech Army day

Czech Armed Forces day was marked by an exhibition parade of six central European Armed Forces Honour Guards at Wenceslas Square in Prague last week.

To commemorate Czech Armed Forces Day, which falls on 30th June, representatives of the military Honour Guards of Austria, Germany, Hungary, Poland, the Slovak Republic, and the Czech Republic gathered at Wenceslas Square, in downtown Prague, to demonstrate their skills by taking part in a military parade.

The parade, DRILLFEST.ARMY.CZ, attracted hundreds of Prague's citizens and tourists to watch this unusual performance of specially selected parade disciplines, presented to the music of the Central Band of the Armed Forces of the Czech Republic (ACR).

Official guests included Premysl Sobotka, Deputy Chairman of the Czech Senate, Deputy Minister of Defence Tomas Kuchta, Major General Miroslav Zizka, Deputy Chief of General Staff of the ACR, and other guests.

Czech Army day commemorates the military parade held in the French city of Darney on 30th June, 1918. On that day, the 21st Czechoslovak Rifle Regiment, numbering 6 thousand, swore an oath of loyalty to the republic before departing for battle. The ceremony was attended by the French President, Raymond Poincaré, members of the French cabinet, future Czechoslovak President, Eduard Benes, representatives of the allied armies, and a delegation of the City of Paris. The event signified the diplomatic recognition of the Czechoslovak Armed Forces before the formation of Czechoslovakia which would then take place in October later that year.


July 1, 2014


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  • Following the opening concert of the Central Band of the ACR, The Honour Guard units of the Central European region arrive at Wenceslas Square, Prague Following the opening concert of the Central Band of the ACR, The Honour Guard units of the Central European region arrive at Wenceslas Square, Prague Following the opening concert of…
  • Opening of the performance Opening of the performance Opening of the performance
  • Line-up at the beginning of the DRILLFEST.ARMY.CZ 2014 Line-up at the beginning of the DRILLFEST.ARMY.CZ 2014 Line-up at the beginning of the…
  • Units of the 1st Company of the Honour Guard of the Czech military, commanded by Warrant Officer Petr Hercik, opening the parade Units of the 1st Company of the Honour Guard of the Czech military, commanded by Warrant Officer Petr Hercik, opening the parade Units of the 1st Company of the…
  • Soldiers of the Honour Guard of the Armed Forces of Poland, commanded by Lieutenant Marcin Chalinsky, surprising the audience with sudden rifle fire Soldiers of the Honour Guard of the Armed Forces of Poland, commanded by Lieutenant Marcin Chalinsky, surprising the audience with sudden rifle fire Soldiers of the Honour Guard of the…
  • The Guard Battalion of Bundeswehr, commanded by Lieutenant Denis Lau, represents the military of the Federal Republic of Germany The Guard Battalion of Bundeswehr, commanded by Lieutenant Denis Lau, represents the military of the Federal Republic of Germany The Guard Battalion of Bundeswehr,…
  • The exhibition of the Austrian military Honour Guard from Vienna, commanded by Lieutenant Christoph Wagner, proves to be a unique demonstration The exhibition of the Austrian military Honour Guard from Vienna, commanded by Lieutenant Christoph Wagner, proves to be a unique demonstration The exhibition of the Austrian…
  • A parade unit of the 32nd Parade Battalion from Budapest, Hungarian military, commanded by Lieutenant Endre Gombos, presenting its refined skills A parade unit of the 32nd Parade Battalion from Budapest, Hungarian military, commanded by Lieutenant Endre Gombos, presenting its refined skills A parade unit of the 32nd Parade…
  • The Slovak Republic represented by the soldiers of the Honour Guard of its Armed Forces, commanded by Lieutenant Jaroslav Vavro The Slovak Republic represented by the soldiers of the Honour Guard of its Armed Forces, commanded by Lieutenant Jaroslav Vavro The Slovak Republic represented by…
  • Soldiers of the 2nd company of the Czech Honour Guard, commanded by Warrant Officer Otakar Malek, also receive laud applause Soldiers of the 2nd company of the Czech Honour Guard, commanded by Warrant Officer Otakar Malek, also receive laud applause Soldiers of the 2nd company of the…
  • The closing exhibition of the units and the Central Band of ACR presents exacty eighty performers at Wenceslas Square The closing exhibition of the units and the Central Band of ACR presents exacty eighty performers at Wenceslas Square The closing exhibition of the units…
  • Official guests of the DRILLFEST - at the centre is Premysl Sobotka, Deputy Chairman of the Senate, Czech Parliament Official guests of the DRILLFEST - at the centre is Premysl Sobotka, Deputy Chairman of the Senate, Czech Parliament Official guests of the DRILLFEST -…
  • Deputy Minister of Defence, Tomas Kuchta, (second from the left), watches the exhibition Deputy Minister of Defence, Tomas Kuchta, (second from the left), watches the exhibition Deputy Minister of Defence, Tomas…
  • The DRILLFEST.ARMY.CZ 2014 was co-organised by the Garrison Command, Prague, commanded by Colonel Milan Virt, and CI5 Agency, led by its Director, Captain Jiri Kunc (Ret.) The DRILLFEST.ARMY.CZ 2014 was co-organised by the Garrison Command, Prague, commanded by Colonel Milan Virt, and CI5 Agency, led by its Director, Captain Jiri Kunc (Ret.) The DRILLFEST.ARMY.CZ 2014 was…