Battle of Dukla Pass - 5/5/7 - Bridgeport, CT
- BATTLE OF THE DUKLA PASS LECTURE
BRIDGEPORT, CT, APRIL 20, 2007: The New England Chapter of the
Carpatho-Rusyn Society will host an interesting lecture and slide
presentation by noted historian, BILL TARKULICH, about the famous
BATTLE OF THE DUKLA PASS. The event will take place at St. John the
Baptist Carpatho-Russian Church at 364 Mill Hill Ave. Bridgeport CT,
at 1:30 PM on Saturday May 5th, 2007
The Battle of Dukla Pass occurred at the end of the Second World War
in eastern Czechoslovakia. Many residents of southwestern Connecticut
who are of Slovak, Carpatho-Rusyn or Czech descent will be interested
in learning more about this event that took place in their parents'
As the Russian and First Czechoslovak Armies moved across Poland in
1944, they planned a quick diversion to aid the SNP-(Slovensko Narodne
Povstanie / Slovak National Uprising) via the Dukla Pass. This
diversion became one of the bloodiest conflagrations in Slovak history
with casualties over 138,000. The combatants were Russian,
Czechoslovak, and German. The lands were remote, wooded and sparsely
The Dukla Pass cuts through the Carpathian Mountains in Northeastern
Slovakia- as a historic strategic pass way from Poland into the
Hungarian Plains. The fighting occurred in a region populated by Rusyn
villages. At one point more than 6O% of the First Czechoslovak Army
were Rusyns. Special guest John Kulhan, a decorated member of the
(Free) Czechoslovak Army Corps and one of the few remaining combatants
will be in attendance.
This very stirring lecture will take place at the Church Auditorium of
St. John the Baptist Church Carpatho Russian Church at 364 Mill Hill
Ave. Bridgeport Ct. at 1:30 PM on May 5, 2007. Admission is free!
Refreshments served! Donations gratefully accepted!