The water dripping from the edges of the parachute on the top of the fountain are to represent the strings from the parachute. In the front is a sun dial. Growing on the left and right are patches of heather which were brought from Lidice which was a small town to the north east of Prague & which was notoriously obliterated along with its population in a Nazi reprisel for the assassination carried out by Czech parachutists who were based near Leamington. Their names are on the brass plaque behind the fountain and on the fountain. They were dropped in to occupied Czechoslovakia by the RAF during the early part of world war two. They were on a clandistine mission called "Operation Anthropoid" Their names appear round the fountain in this order. Jan Hruby, Adolf Capulka, Jaroslav Svarc, Josef Valcik, Josef Bulbik, Jan Kubis, Jozef Gabcik. They were based at Morton Padox refugee camp near Leamington. This photograph was taken by me in Jephson gardens in the summer of 2008.
The mission was to assasinate SS General Reinhard Heydrich whom Adolf Hitler had put in charge of Bohemia and Moravia, which now form the Czech Republic. On the 27th May 1942, two of the parachutists waited on a corner where the general's car was expected & would have to slow at the road junction. One fired at Heydrich but the gun jammed, so the other threw a gamon grenade in to the rear of the car. The blast blew parts of the seat into heydrich and he subsequentially died from septisemia. Below you can see the road junction & Heydrich's open car.
Bellow is the wreck of Heydrich's open staff car. A reward was offered for anyone who could tell the location of the assasins. One of the Czech parachutists was caught & tortured to reveal the location of the others. They were being hiden by a priest in a Russian orthodox church. The German soldiers entered the church and there was a gun fight. Kubis was killed in the main part of the church. Gabcech and three others were in the crypt where they were trapped and comitted suicide. The Germans had fed a fire hose in through the slit but there was a drain inside allowing the water to escape.
Below is a recent photograph of the monument outside the crypt where the Czech parachutists died
The The severn Czechoslovak parachutists of operation Anthropoid.
This is St. Karel Boromejsky Church in Prague in which they died. The priest was also put to death.
The same Russian Orthodox church but just beyond it you can see the Parachutist pub.
Inside the parachutist pub are many photographs & maps concerning the free Czech army during the occupation of their country by the Nazis in WW2.
Krcma u parasutistu = pub with parachutists.
I recomend the film "Operation Daybreak" made in 1976.
see also http://www.thehangmanofprague.com/
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