The Royal Hungarian Army in World War II

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Osprey Publishing, 2008 - History - 48 pages
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The Royal Hungarian Army was Germany's largest ally on the Eastern Front during World War II (1939-1945), providing a vital contribution in terms of both men and equipment. Information about the Hungarian Army in English is rare, and in this book co-authors Nigel Thomas and Hungarian expert Laszlo Szabo fill in the gaps about an important German ally.

Deployed in Ukraine at the beginning of the war, the Hungarian Army were involved in a number of brutal encounters with the Red Army, including stubborn resistance in Transylvania in the summer of 1944 and the brave defence of Budapest in the face of overwhelming odds. The Hungarian Army was a varied and colorful force, ranging from mountain troops and tank units to horse cavalry and specialist infantry. All of these are illustrated in full color artwork, and the text is full of details about the Hungarian Army's own, quite distinct uniforms and insignia as well as many of its own weapons and tanks. With so little of this information readily available outside of Hungary, this is an essential starter resource for war gamers, modelers, re-enactors and military historians.
  

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Contents

The Historical Context
3
The Royal Hungarian Army
4
Recovering the Lost Territories
11
The Invasion of the USSR
15
Occupation Forces
18
Defending Eastern Hungary
20
The Final Months
34
Plate Commentaries
38
Index
48
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About the author (2008)

DR NIGEL THOMAS is an accomplished linguist and military historian and was a Principal Lecturer in charge of the Business Language Unit at the University of Northumbria, Newcastle, where he was awarded a PhD on the Eastern Enlargement of NATO. His interests are 20th century military and civil uniformed organizations, with a special interest in Germany, Central and Eastern Europe. He has recently formed his own company - Nigel Thomas Associates' (www.nt-associates.com), involved in military and business translation from French, German and Italian, military authorship and military uniform consultancy.

Laszlo Szabo is an author living in Hungary and currently conducting archival research in the national archives. The author lives in Tyne and Wear, UK.

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