The Slovak National Uprising is one of the major milestones of 20th century Slovak history. And together with the Warsaw Uprising it is one of the largest armed campaigns against Nazism in Europe. The army played a crucial part in the uprising. The exhibition therefore captures the emergence of the first Czechoslovak uprising army and places its impact into the broad context of the events of the Slovak National Uprising. The Ministry of National Defence in London was therefore able to state: “It is really remarkable that Czechoslovak troops under the command of General Golian and later General Viest managed for so long and with such poor materiel to hold and retain territory against German troops who held an absolute superiority in tanks, artillery and air power. … The efforts made by the Slovak people and army during the two-month struggle are admirable and must be considered an important Czechoslovak contribution to the fight against Nazism.“
Although the exhibition does not include real collection items, it contains a number of interesting interactive elements. Whether this is the story of tank 313 (Lt vz. 38), or an interactive command table, where visitors to the exhibition can try their hand at command of the army during the Slovak National Uprising.
The Army in the Uprising – Slovak National Uprising 1944 exhibition was prepared by the Museum of the Slovak National Uprising in Banská Bystrica as one of the contributions to the 75th anniversary of the outbreak of the Uprising.