Jozef Gabčík
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Historical Figure
Nationality: Czechoslovakia (born in the Austro-Hungarian Empire)
Date of Birth: 1912
Date of Death: 1942
Cause of Death: Suicide by grenade during a battle (World War II)
Occupation: Soldier
Military Branch: Czechoslovak Army (World War II)
Fictional Appearances:
The Man With the Iron Heart
POD: May 29, 1942;
Relevant POD: May, 1945
Type of Appearance: Direct
Date of Death: 1942
Cause of Death: Killed in action (WWII)
Military Branch: Czechoslovak Army (WWII)

Jozef Gabčík (8 April 1912 – 18 June 1942) was a Slovak soldier involved in the British backed assassination of Nazi Reinhard Heydrich in Prague, Czechoslovakia in 1942. He and his friend and partner Jan Kubiš were able to fatally wound Heydrich, and flee. However, they and other anti-German partisans were traced to a church. After a six hour gun battle, Gabčík ended his life with a grenade rather than face capture.

Jozef Gabčík in The Man With the Iron Heart[]

While his partner Jan Kubiš stood watch for Reinhard Heydrich's car on 29 May 1942, Jozef Gabčík was ready to shoot Heydrich with a Stens. Unfortunately, the Stens jammed. Kubiš attempted to blow up Heydrich's car with a grenade, but Heydrich spotted him, and ordered his driver to flee. The car was caught in the explosion, but was sufficiently out of range so that Heydrich survived with only minor injuries.[1].

Gabčík and Kubiš were found shortly after, and died in a battle with German troops.