Czech resistance radio antenna used in Reinhard Heydrich assassination discovered

Radio antenne used by the wartime Czech resistance in the planning of the assassination of Nazi chief Reinhard Heydrich have been discovered in an attic.

The two aerials were used by Jiri Potucek, a British-trained Czech agent parachuted into Nazi occupied territory, to communicate with London before and after one of the most audacious resistance operations of the war.

Described by Hitler as a “man with an iron heart” owing to a cold-hearted brutality that shocked even senior Nazis, Heydrich was one of the most powerful and feared men in the Third Reich, and was also one of the architects of the Final Solution.

On May 27, 1942, he was attacked by Jan Kubis and Josef Gabcik, two Czech commandos, as he travelled to work through the streets of Prague in an open-top car.