Czech Wehrmacht Soldier
Rank Schuetze, Gefreiter or Obergefreiter (Private classes)
Affiliations German Wehrmacht-Heer
Birth Early 1900's
Death June 6, 1944, Omaha Beach, Normandy, France
Weapon Karabiner 98 kurz

The Czech Soldier was enlisted by the Nazis when they occupied Czechoslovakia. He was stationed in Normandy at Omaha Beach. When he was surrendering, he tried to tell two American soldiers that he was Czech but they shot him as they could not understand him and thought he was trying to surrender. One American insultingly claimed the Czech said, "Look! I washed for supper!"

Trivia Edit

  • The English translation of what the Czech says is “Please don’t shoot me! I am not German, I am Czech, I didn’t kill anyone! I am Czech!"
  • The Wehrmacht and Waffen SS often conscripted foreign soldiers from occupied nations to bolster their ever dwindling numbers, this is likely how the Czech Soldier ended up at Omaha Beach.
  • The execution of the Czech soldier is one of the most depressing parts of the film, knowing that since the Americans didn't understand what they were saying the deaths of him and his compatriot were ultimately pointless. The American's insulting remark only hammers this down further.
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