National Geographic : 1948 Dec
Astride His ChargerinDowntown Prague, Good King Wenceslaus Inspired Patriots Rising Against the Nazis' Last-ditch Garrison In prewar uniforms, Czechoslovak soldiers (right) view St. Wenceslaus Square from the National Museum terrace. Streetcars (center) drive left; Germans reversed their direction. While liberating armies were miles away, trolleys gave the signal for the May 5,1945, uprising byracing with Allied flags flying. Behind paving-block barricades, lightly armed citizens fought tanks (page 665). InSt. Wenceslaus Square, scarcely awindowpane survived, but only abuilding ortwo fell. St.Wenceslaus escaped damage. Tenth-century unifier ofthe Czech tribes, heisimmortalized bythe English Christmas carol "Good King Wenceslaus."