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Submitted by Thomas F. Weiss

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Category: Interpretation
Approval Date: 3/27/2013 4:36 PM
Family Surname: Fischer
Country: France
Town: Agde
Date of Image: 1940
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This is a pin I acquired from my father who was called up to serve in the Czech Army-in-Exile in France. The Army was housed in the town of Agde, France (see very bottom of the pin). The Army was evacuated to England in 1940. I am interested in the symbols on the pin. The top of the pin says (in Czech) Infantry Regiment 2 and then 1940. The bottom of the pin shows a Lion Rampant with shield emblematic of Czechoslovakia. To the right is the French tri-color flag and to the left there is a tri-color flag that could be the flag of Czechoslovakia blown by wind. But, what is depicted in area between "19" and "40." It looks like a brick tower and there are two icons near the base. Is this symbolic of a part of Czech Castle or Town Hall? Any thoughts on what that might be?

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3/28/2013 1:49 AM I found the answer to your question on the following Web page (if you read Czech: http://forum.valka.cz/viewtopic.php/t/110684) : The brick tower is a symbol of France. It has on both sides handles (not the right word, sorry) of swords symbolizing the army. The flag on the left is indeed Czechoslovakia's. (By the way, the rampant lion stands for the Czech lands; the arms in the shield are Slovakia's; the combination of both meant Czechoslovakia).
Sincerely,
Erika Abrams
Paris, France
3/29/2013 2:57 PM Thomas,
My father also was Czech living in Paris, had to join up in France and was evacuated to England. Would like to compare more notes with you. Also, check out this website if you haven't already: http://www.vuapraha.cz/Pages/DatabazeVHA/DatabazeLegionaru.aspx

Regards,
Madeleine
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