We were very enthusiastic. We could fight for the liberation of Czechoslovakia!
Josef Dobrý was born in 1925 in Hlinsko, Zdolbunov, Volhynia. During the Soviet occupation he worked, along with his family, in agriculture. He was able to avoid transportion to labour camps during German occupation by hiding until 1944. Once the Red Army gained control, he signed up for the Czechoslovak Military Unit. He passed paratrooper training and served in the 2nd parachute brigade in Yefremov. Dobry fought in numerous battles in Poland, Slovakia and Moravia. After the war he was sent to protect the Czechoslovak-Hungarian border. Afterwards his realease from the army, he returned to his native Volhynia. During the repatriation of Volhynian Czechs he moved to Czechoslovakia where he re-entered the Army. He served in the Army until 1982, when he took his pension.