Soviets invade Czechoslovakia

Soviets invade Czechoslovakia

Czechoslovakian leader Alexander Dubcek is forced to abandon his liberal reforms after 600,000 Warsaw Pact troops invade his nation. Dubcek’s efforts to establish “communism with a human face” had been celebrated across the country, and the brief period of freedom was known as the “Prague Spring.” When the Soviet invasion came, Prague was not eager to give way, but scattered student resistance was no match for the Soviet tanks. Dubcek’s reforms were repealed and he was replaced with the staunchly pro-Soviet Gustav Husak, who re-established an authoritarian communist regime in the country.