Karel Husárek
Karel Husárek
Rank: Division General General ČSR Division General CSR
Military service
Allegiance: Flag of Austria-Hungary (1869-1918) Austria-Hungary
Flag of Bohemia Czechoslovak legion
Flag of the Czech Republic Czechoslovakia
Years of service: 1914-1939
Commands: Head of construction of the Czechoslovak border defences (Ředitelství opevňovacích prací, ŘOP)
Date of birth: January 31, 1893
Place of birth: Flag of Austria-Hungary (1869-1918) Čechovice u Prostějova, Austria-Hungary

Karel Husárek (born January 31, 1893) was a Czechoslovak general and was responsible for the construction of the Czechoslovak border fortifications.


Born on January 31, 1893, in Čechovice u Prostějova. He attended the Gymnasium in Prostějova, where he graduated some years later. After the gymnasium, he studied civilian engineering in Brno, but had to cancel his studies when the First World War broke out. In August 1914, he volunteerily signed up for a 1-year military service in the Austro-Hungarian Army. He graduated in the Artillery School, and was initially placed in a unit in the fortress in Krakau (Kraków), until he left for the Russian front in the summer of 1915. He was captured in 1916, and joined the Czechoslovak Legion in August 1917. In September 1917, he was promoted to lieutenant and placed to the 5th Rifle Division, where he fought several battles in Siberia against the bolshevists. He was promoted to Major in 1918, and was appointed the chief of staff in the 2nd Rifle Division in the Czechoslovak Legion. In 1919, he was transferred to the Russian Army, where he fought in Siberia and in the Ural mountains under General Radola Gajda. In Novemer 1919, he left Russia, and returned to Czechoslovakia in February 1920. Then he served in Artillery Regiment 4 in Bratislava and in Artillery Regiment 5 in Praha.

In September 1924, we attended the War Academy in Paris. While doing this, he also studied politics, and graduated in 1926. When he returned, he was promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel in the staff. In 1927, he became the chief of the general staff in Bratislava, and Between 1932-33, and late on, he attended the course for higher leadership in Praha, which he graduated with good grades, like Fiala. In 1933, he was appointed the commander of the 16th Brigade, and was promoted to Brigadier-General. His good skills brought him to the General staff, where he served as the Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the armed forces. He studied a lot in defence fortifications, and on March 20, 1935, he became the director of the building of the defence fortifications. In July 1936, he was promoted to Division General.

Due to the large amount of work, he resigned in the end of 1937 as the Chief of Army Operations in the General staff, and stayed to build the defences. In November, he elaborated on a detailed defence plan, also known as the ”Husárkův program” (Husárek’s program). He also participated with the expansion of the military cooperation with the Union. In 1938, he tried to speed up the work on finishing the defences on the Czech-Austrian border. He remained in disposal for Krejčí, which became the close coworkers.

On every meeting he attended, he made sure to the politicians that the army was ready, when Germany would go to attack. During the Munich Crisis, he was also the man responsible for the home guard.

Invasion of Czechoslovakia