Returning to Czechoslovakia in the role of an agent
Less than a year after he had been forced to leave his homeland, Miroslav Procházka together with his friend Cyril Sláma, returned to Czechoslovakia in the role of agents of the exile intelligence service. They were trained in Great Britain how to handle a gun and how to operate a radio set and in Vienna they received instructions for their first mission. In 1951, they set out across the border from Austrian Poysdorf in the direction of Valtice. Each of them was carrying false papers, a radio transceiver and Czech currency. “We had about thirty thousand Crowns. We each also had two guns – one of them was a nine mm caliber and the other one a 7.65 mm.” On the way to the Czechoslovak border they got caught by a big storm. “We had to take shelter in a hay stack and stayed there all night long.” They continued their journey the next evening after it got dark and marched all wet and hungry. They successfully crossed the border and made it to a village called Úvaly. Because they were wet and dirty from the mud on the fields, they had to spruce themselves up somewhere. They took a risk and spoke to a young married couple. They were lucky and got help. “We gave them cigarettes and some money for the kid.” After having left the guarded border zone, they continued their journey on a train. They had to search for a suitable shelter and reach out to local resistance groups.