Monument to Czechoslovak WWII paratroopers unveiled in Scotland

11-11-2009

A monument honouring Czechoslovak paratroopers from WWII was unveiled in the Scottish town of Arisaig on Wednesday. Around 300 Czech and Slovak members of the Czechoslovak army in exiled were trained in the area during the war to be dropped in occupied Czechoslovakia. Those included Jozef Gabčík and Jan Kubiš, who assassinated the acting Reichsprotektor, and one of the highest- ranking Nazis, Reinhard Heydrich in Prague in 1942.

The granite statue, depicting a parachute after descent, was paid for by funds collected by the Czech honorary consul in Scotland, Paul Millar.