History of Czechoslovakia from 1919 to 1968 depicts lives of its people and various crisis. Clip shows combination of still images and moving images, with background of Czech musical soundtrack. A burning Nazi plane shot by Soviet military during World War II. Soviet Red Army marches in Prague, Poland in May 1945 to rescue from German occupation and atrocities. People destroy Nazi emblems and symbols from buildings. People assemble in large numbers on roads and cheer for the incoming Soviet troops and tanks. Civilians of Czechoslovakia during normal life after World War 2. Workers in mines, farmers in field and women work in houses. Spread of communism and communists make a star formation during a rally in Prague (sometimes called the Prague Spring). President Edvard Benes in 1948 signs pact with Soviet government. Photos of Soviet General Joseph Stalin and other Soviet leaders in his office. Various Presidents and leaders of Czechoslovakia during the 1950s. Military and civilian communist groups march on streets in 1956. Czech Skoda automobile production factory scenes in mid 1960s. Workers work in factories and shops till night hours. A Czech textile factory scene. Czech men and women in 1960s fashions enjoying mugs of beer. Several scenes with Alexander Dubček, (Alexander Dubcek), then Soviet leaders Nikita Khrushchev and Nikolai Brezhnev arrive for meeting with Dubček. Smiling Czech people walk in cities and at a cafe during liberalization measures. Soviet and Warsaw Pact tanks, armored vehicles, infantry and aircraft start their occupation ending the Prague Spring in Prague, Bratislave and other cities in August 1968. Civilians argue with Soviet troops and demonstrate in streets. Large crowd of civilians watch the retreating Soviet forces from Czechoslovakia in 1968. Red Army met with agitation and resistance on streets by civilians. Soviet troops fire at some demonstrating civilians.
Former President of Czechoslovakia Eduard Benes returns from Prague during Czech Army parade in Prague, Czechoslovakia. A crowd gathers around a jeep. A large crowd of Czech civilians. Buildings in the background. Views of Czech civilians, soldiers, officers and police. Former President of Czechoslovakia Eduard Benes gets into a car to return from Prague. A sign on a building reads 'Ambassador'. Civilians watch parade from windows of the building. Crowds cheer the former President Benes as he rides along the streets. Civilians stand on either side of the road and wave.
German troops parade in Prague, Czechoslovakia during German occupation of Czechoslovakia in World War 2. German troops parade in Prague. German artillery and tanks roll through central Prague. Troops march at Wenceslas Square. Equestrian statue of Wenseslas, Duke of Bohemia, in armor, carrying a banner. Troops and tanks parade as German officers watch them. German Luftwaffe planes fly overhead.
Leader of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Marshal Josip Broz Tito in Prague, Czechoslovakia. Marshal Tito talks with his Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Vladimir Clementis in a train. Other men in group talking. A crowd at a station. Marshal Tito at a window of the train acknowledging the throng's greeting. The train moves off. The crowd waves. Marshal Tito at a window. Marshal Tito leaves the train in Prague and is greeted by Czech Prime Minister Zdenek Fierlinger and others. A crowd waving at Prague station. A car pulls away. A huge poster on a building with Tito's picture. The car enters the Prague Castle. Marshal Tito reviews an honor guard.
The opening of a non stop Prague-New York Airline in Prague, Czechoslovakia. A United States airplane lands at Prague airport. U.S. flag and name 'Praha' in fore ground. The plane taxis. The passengers disembark. A crowd applauds for them. Labels on the parcels carried by the plane. The crew disembark. United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA) delegates shake hands with them. Farmers' employees loosen the ropes of a cargo of hatching eggs. The freight is unloaded from the plane. A lorry carries boxes of eggs. German prisoners pass by the plane. The hatching eggs are placed into artificial hatches in a hatchery near Prague. Men carry the UNRPA' boxes full of eggs. Chickens in the coops.
Vltava River in Prague, Czechoslovakia. City of Prague and various buildings of Prague seen along the Vltava river bank from an elevated position. Three persons stand along bank and talk.