Otakar Jaroš

One of the first full sets of stamps from what was then Czechoslovakia that I recall obtaining was the 1945 issue portraying various personnel who had served during World War II. The first thing that interested me was that these were real, named, people. These weren’t the usual stamp subjects of generals, admirals and other commanders as their ranks ranged from a private in the … Continue reading Otakar Jaroš

The Siege of Medvėgalis

On February 1, 1329, King John of Bohemia captured Medvėgalis — an important fortress of the pagan Grand Duchy of Lithuania — and baptized 6,000 of its defenders in the Catholic rite. Medvėgalis was one of the strongest and most important Lithuanian fortresses in Samogitia, located in present-day Šilalė District Municipality, Lithuania. It was first mentioned in 1316 in written texts and was attacked by the Teutonic Knights … Continue reading The Siege of Medvėgalis

Czechoslovakia #1413 (1966)

Czechoslovakia #1413 (1966)

Czechoslovakia (Československo) was a sovereign state in Central Europe that existed from October 1918, when it declared its independence from the Austro-Hungarian Empire, until its peaceful dissolution into the Czech Republic and Slovakia on January 1,  1993. The area was long a part of the Austro Hungarian Empire until the Empire collapsed at the end of World War I. The new state was founded by … Continue reading Czechoslovakia #1413 (1966)