Battle for Budapest: One Hundred Days in World War II by Krisztin Ungvry

By Krisztin Ungvry

The conflict of Budapest (December 1944 to February 1945) used to be one of many longest and bloodiest urban sieges of the second one international conflict. From the looks of the 1st Soviet tanks at the outskirts of the capital to the seize of Buda fort, 102 days elapsed. when it comes to human trauma, it comes moment basically to Stalingrad, comparisons to that have been even being made through infantrymen, either German and Soviet, combating on the time. This definitive background covers their studies, and people of the 800,000 non-combatants round whom the conflict raged.

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On the way back the pontoon was hit and Smirnov wounded again. By that time only two of the fighters remained unscathed. 45 By the evening of 5 December the Soviet troops had established four bridgeheads, but three were immediately destroyed by swift German counter-attacks: only one, at 20 B AT T L E F O R B U D A P E S T Érd-Ófalu, could be stabilised. On 6 December seven more bridgeheads were established on both sides of Ercsi, although not one member of the first assault company survived the heavy barrage of the defence.

73 Hitler alone insisted on defending Budapest. On 30 October this task had been assigned to the III Panzer Corps, headed by Colonel-General Hermann Breith, which had been regrouped from the 6th Army and to which the Hungarian divisions retreating to the city were attached. 75 His full title was SS Obergruppenführer and General of the Waffen SS and Police; the rank of Obergruppenführer in the SS was equivalent to LieutenantGeneral. As Pfeffer-Wildenbruch was an experienced police officer, his appointment indicates the German leadership’s fears of subversion.

5 ? 12–19 Dec. ec. III Vannay 26 Dec. 26 Dec. 15 Dec. FHH 27 De c. ec . 13 D ec . 10 D 10 15 12 1/I 15–23 Nov. 1 Billnitzer 28 1 D ec 22 28 De 27. ec – 10 until 20 Dec. ov. 6N ov . 30 23 c. –12 Dec. 10 . ec D The beginning of December until 20 Dec. 18 from 20 Dec. v. 4 –6 No 1/I . until15 Nov . divisions, with a ration strength of some 60,000, faced 12 Soviet and Romanian divisions with some 110,000 troops. The smaller German contingent was obliged to bear the larger burden of the fighting and intervene to bail out the badly equipped and demoralised Hungarians.

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