Jiří Hlaváček, The beginning of so called "normalisation" in the Czechoslovak People's Army, as recollected by witnesses

The aim of the following article is to analyse the consequences of the Prague Spring on the Czechoslovak People's Army on the strength of biographical accounts by direct participants of the events, and to compare them with surviving documents from that period. The research project has been carried out using the oral history method and refers to accounts of soldiers laid off from the army as a result of the so-called normalisation purges that took place from the late 1960s until the mid-1970s. The article presents the chronology of the normalisation methods used in the army and the way they were applied both at official and party level. It also discusses the consequences of these actions on the ordinary lives of the witnesses and thus how reflections of those events were later portrayed for the purpose of the study.