Czechoslovakia's Milan Hodza Makes Defiant Speech on Defense Borders Hot

Czechoslovakia's Milan Hodza Makes Defiant Speech on Defense Borders

Map of Czechoslovakia after 1939
Source: Wikipedia

Milan Hodza, Prime Minister of Czechoslovakia, makes a defiant speech in the Chamber of Deputies, declaring that his people would defend its borders no matter what the cost. This speech is made in response to the increasingly belligerent tone coming from Adolf Hitler in Nazi Germany and is at least in part directed at the western allies who should ostensibly help protect Czechoslovakia from Nazi German aggression.

Milan Hodz tells his people:

"We declare with all emphasis that our frontiers are absolutely inviolable. ... Czechoslovakia is ready to defend with all her strength the attributes of her statehood. Our country has struggled for centuries for its national existence; today we are united; we know only one ideology — that of defending the independence of our homeland and its complete sovereignty. We are ready to make all sacrifices in the defense. We seek peace, but the present European situation forces us to declare that if we are to be faced with the necessity of defending ourselves, Czechoslovakia will defend, defend, defend herself!"

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