Czechoslovakian pin. Probably made in the 1950’s. Svazarm or Union for Cooperation with the Army was, in Communist Czechoslovakia, the largest “paramilitary” organisation and was established in 1951. In 1985, it had about one million members, 60% of whom were under 35 years of age. The activities the Svazarm provided were extremely diverse, ranging from medical training to dog training. Shortwave radio operation was another popular activity, and was also useful for creating future radio operators in the army. A more specialised branch of the Svazarm, based at Košice, trained pilots for the air force. Training included at least twenty flight hours of glider training and forty hours of basic training on motorised aeroplanes, as well as the necessary aviation theory. There were also sections: Model airplanes and gliding (formally DOSLET), motor sport section (motorcycles and cars) and all sorts of shooting sports. Svazarm also operated its own hi-fi club and record label, Čs. Hifi-klub, which distributed its releases primarily to club members. The repertoire included Czechoslovak and Warsaw Pact as well as Western artists.
Pin from Czechoslovakia and made in 1955. The text on the pin reads:”Nationwide Spartakiad”. The Spartakiads in Czechoslovakia were mass gymnastics events, designed to celebrate the Red Army’s liberation of Czechoslovakia in 1945. The name refers to the 1921 Prague Spartakiad organised by the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia. They were organised by the Communist government. The Spartakiads took place at the Strahov Stadium, the largest stadium ever built. The first Spartakiad took place in 1955, and was subsequently held every five years. The Spartakiad scheduled for 1970 was canceled in the wake of the Prague Spring. Preparations for the Spartakiad scheduled for 1990 were interrupted by the Velvet Revolution, but the event still took place, although on a much smaller scale than the previous ones. The Spartakiads were attended by large numbers of people; for example, at the 1960 Spartakiad about 750,000 gymnasts from the whole country took part and over 2,000,000 spectators witnessed the event. Men and women of all ages practiced their exercising routines for the event. Appearance was originally mandatory for students and servicemen of the armed forces and police.
Pin from Czechoslovakia made in 1959. It is made to commemorate the Slovak National Uprising in 1944. The Slovak National Uprising was a military uprising in Slovakia in the year 1944. Parts of the Slovakian army in central Slovakia revolted against the authoritarian Slovak regime and the Slovak People’s Party under the command of a secret Slovak National Council. The uprising lasted from August 29 to October 28, 1944 when the insurgents had to give up the fight against the German Wehrmacht. Locally, partisans managed to continue the fight until the Red Army occupied all of Slovakia in April 1945. The aim of the Slovak uprising was to clear the Red Army’s advance route via Slovakia to Vienna. At the start of the uprising, Slovakia as Germany’s ally was not yet occupied. The total number of victims on the Slovak side is estimated at over 10,000. The leaders of the revolt, Rudolf Viest and Ján Golian, were rounded up by the Germans and killed in the Flossenbürg concentration camp in early 1945.
This is a Czechian pin. “Dubena” means April. Beneath that iy says:”Production Coorperative”. It is yet unclear what they produced but it very well could be woodcutting.. On the bottom it says:”Cesky Dub”
Cesky Dub is a small Czechian village with 2773 inhabitants. It was until 1945 a place with a predominantly German speaking population.After the Second World War, the German-speaking population was expelled.
This pin is from Czechoslovakia. The country became a socialist state under Soviet domination with a centrally planned economy. In 1960, the country officially became a socialist republic, the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic. So this pin is most likely from 1980 and commemorating 20 years of friendship with the Soviet Union.
This pin is in good condition. Bratislava was a major city in Czechoslovakia when it turned to communism in 1947. Now it is the capital of Slovakia.
The pin says:”Nationwide summer championships SNB”. So the pin has something to do with sports, probably championships amounst SNB members.
The SNB (Sbor národní bezpečnost) was the nationwide security corps or police from 1945 until 1991 when Czechoslovakia was under communist rule. The SNB was closely related to the militairy. The SNB was abolished and replaced by the Czech Police on July 15, 1991, following the Velvet Revolution of 1989 in which the SNB attempted to suppress the demonstrating students.
This pin is for celebrating the friendship between Czechoslovakia and the USSR.
SCSP stands for Svaz Ceskoslovensko Sovetskeho Pratelstvi, wich means: Union of Czechoslovakia/Soviet Union Friendship.