Soviet tanks parked in the streets of Prague Czechoslovakia - Praha (Prague), 1968

The Soviet invasion - Soviet tanks parked in the streets of Prague - August, 1968 (by Ralph Crane)

Josef Koudelka - 1968 - Invasion of Prague by Warsaw Pact troops

Invasion of Warsaw Pact troops, Czechoslovakia, Prague, 1968 Photo by Josef Koudelka

Soviet T-10M Prague 1968

Heavy tanks contingent of Soviet troops during operation “Danube”, Plzen, Czechoslovakia, August

Prague residents throw burning torches at a Soviet tank during the Prague Spring, 1968

Residents of Prague, Czechoslovakia, throw burning torches in an attempt to stop a Soviet tank on August A Soviet-led invasion by Warsaw Pact troops crushed the so-called Prague Spring reform and re-established totalitarian rule.

Citizens of Prague block a tank trying to end the “Prague Spring,” August 21, 1968. By Bohumil Dobrovolsky.

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Citizens of Prague block a tank trying to end the “Prague Spring,” August By Bohumil Dobrovolsky.

September 1968: Soviet T62 main battle tanks line up in the streets of Prague…

September Soviet main battle tanks line up in the streets of Prague after crushing an uprising, Czechoslovakia. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Prague Spring, 1968 - Political liberalization leads to Soviet invasion to halt reforms.

Prague Spring, 1968 - Political liberalization leads to Soviet invasion to halt reforms.

Paul Goldsmith Photography | Prague 1968 | The Photographs

Historic Photographs and Book by Paul Goldsmith of the Soviet invasion of Prague 1968 with comments by George Schulz and Condoleeza Rice.

Paul Goldsmith Photography | Warsaw Pact Soldiers, The Invasion of Prague 1968 |

Historic Photographs and Book by Paul Goldsmith of the Soviet invasion of Prague 1968 with comments by George Schulz and Condoleeza Rice.

布拉格1968

Soviet Army soldiers sit on their tanks in front of the Czechoslovak Radio station building in central Prague during the first day of Soviet-led invasion to then Czechoslovakia on August (Photo by Libor Hajsky/Reuters)

A World to Win | Resources | The Prague Spring - beginning of the end for StalinismWoman with a portrait of President Ludvik Svoboda and Alexander Dubcek, Prague 1968 © Archives of Alena Sourkova

40 years ago this week, the Soviet Union invaded Czechoslovakia to put down the Prague Spring and arrest its leaders. Corinna Lotz examines the background to the events that foreshadowed the end of the Stalinist monolith in Eastern Europe

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