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Czech Soldier On Guard At Prague Castle
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While walking through the Castle in Prague, everyone certainly meets men in uniforms standing at the main entrance or patrolling in other places. They can also always be seen close to the Czech President during important politic actions. These men belong to the Castle Guard: Armed forces providing the safety of the Czech Republic.
The foundation of the Czechoslovak Republic on October 28, 1918 was the initial impulse for the establishment of a unit to guard the seat of the President at Prague Castle. Today the elite Prague Castle Guard force is a solid operation. The unit consists of 608 Soldiers - 86 Officers, 110 Warrant Officers, and 412 Sergeants. This includes a Security Company and Transport, Motorcycle, and Dog Handling Platoons. The Guard weapon is the model 52/57 nickel coated rifle, the backup team carries Model 61 Sub-machine guns and Model 59 MGs.
The life of a Castle Guard soldier is in no way easy, starting with difficult training and ending for example with performing tasks for security of the President Czech Republic or a long-hour-duty which includes guarding the main entrance of the Prague Castle on either side of the castle gate, motionless, in any weather.
June 7th, 2012
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