OpavaGerman: Troppau,Polish: Opawa) is a city in the northern Czech Republic on the river Opava, located to the north-west of Ostrava. The historical capital of Czech Silesia, Opava is now in the Moravian-Silesian Region.
The City of Troppau was the site of the first battle of World War II, when war broke out in 1938. The GermanArmy launched an offensive aimed at the town with Panzers, backed up with air power. The Germans also used radio to communicate with their forces while the Czechs did not. This allowed the Wehrmacht to concentrate their troops where they needed them the most and in force. Overwhelmed, the Czechs were driven from their fortifications and forced back into the town, and retreated altogether not long afterwards.
Czech soldier Vaclav Jezek was stationed here at the outset of the war. He believed that the Czech Army was hindered by the desertion of Slovak soldiers after a Slovak he shared his trench with suspiciously disappeared after the shooting started.