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The Life of Edvard Beneš 1884–1948Czechoslovakia in Peace and War$
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Zbynék Zeman and Antonín Klimek

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780198205838

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205838.001.0001

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The Life of Edvard Beneš 1884–1948
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Zbyněk Zeman

Antonín Klimek

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205838.003.0015

This chapter describes the acceptance of the resignation of Sramek's cabinet, where Beneš addressed the Slovak national council and formally approved the new team, agreed on in Moscow. The new government started to make changes of personnel, particularly senior officers who were not acceptable to the Communists. Beneš aimed for the army to reach the line of Wismar-Schwering-Domitz, while in the centre he hoped to hold positions along the Elbe and the Mulde rivers. The Czech national council declared that it had no political agreement with the command of the Russian Liberation Army, and that the co-ordination of operations against the Germans would be supervised by military commanders. The East-West division of Europe deepened in consequence, and Beneš's hope that Czechoslovakia could act as a bridge between the two worlds began to fade.

Keywords:   Sramek's cabinet, Slovak national council, Moscow, Wismar-Schwering-Domitz line, Elbe river, Mulde rivers, Russian Liberation Army

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