Soviet tanks move to Poland’s southern border – archive, 31 July 1968

31 July 1968: Observers believe the Soviets are doing this to ‘show the flag’ during the Czechoslovak crisis

A Soviet tank column stood by today near this frontier town in south Poland as communist leaders from Moscow to Prague continued their fateful talks in neighbouring Slovakia.

The tanks, on transporters, and other column apparently consisting of supply vehicles were parked about 11 miles from Cieszyn on side roads of the main highway to Katowice, the chief town of the industrial region of Upper Silesia.

Related: Observer picture archive: The Prague Spring, 27 July 1968

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