The Siege of Budapest: One Hundred Days in World War II

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Yale University Press, 2006 - History - 475 pages
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This definitive history of one of the fiercest battles of World War II describes the siege of Budapest in unprecedented detail. Both Stalin and Hitler demanded victory at all costs, and the cost was extreme: 80,000 Soviet troops, 38,000 German and Hungarian soldiers, and 38,000 Hungarian civilians perished. The book provides the first full account of this shocking battle.

"As a military history [The Siege of Budapest] is unrivaled. . . . Magisterial.”--John Lukacs, New York Review of Books

"An exceedingly dramatic book, filled with fascinating stories, some of them even humorous, and with heart-rending accounts of suffering, limitless cruelty, and amazing decency.”--Istv n De k, New Republic

"Ungv ry has written a dramatic, gripping history of this siege, filling a gap in WWII history."--Choice

 

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I'd like to rate this book rather higher then I do, seeing as this is the first comprehensive study of the battle and its aftermath in English; excuse me if I have issues. On one hand, the portion ... Read full review

The siege of Budapest: one hundred days in World War II

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First published in Hungarian in 1998, Ungvry's account of the 100-day siege of Budapest is a gripping story of horror and courage. Though the daily news coverage of the war in Iraq and the street ... Read full review

Contents

1 Prelude
1
2 The Encirclement
48
3 The Siege 26 December 194411 February 1945
111
4 Relief Attempts
188
5 The BreakOut
201
6 The Siege and the Population
257
7 Epilogue
374
Notes
381
Tables
410
Bibliography
433
Photo Credits
456
Index
457
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About the author (2006)

Krisztian Ungvary is a research fellow at the Institute for the History of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. Ladislaus Lob is emeritus professor of German, University of Sussex.

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