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Hungarian Armoured Fighting Vehicles in the Second World War (ePub)

Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives

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By Eduardo Manuel Gil Martínez
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Images of War
File Size: 112.0 MB (.epub)
Pages: 112
ISBN: 9781526753823
Published: 2nd October 2019


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The actions of the German armoured forces during the Second World War is well known. What has not yet been so well told are the actions of the armoured forces from Germany's allies. While it is true that their performance was generally quite secondary in comparison to the Reich,the actions of the Hungarian armoured forces should be highlighted.

Hungary not only managed to organize its armoured forces, but developed its own military industry that was able to supply weapons and equipment to its troops. The Hungarian military was able to produce all kinds of weapons, vehicles and armoured vehicles, although they were generally under-gunned and under-armoured.

This book rescues Hungary's participation during the Second World War from oblivion through the use of superb photographs, which take the reader from the beginning of the USRR campaign and the conquest of Soviet lands, before ending with the bloody battles to avoid the Soviet and Romanian advance into Hungary (the Siege of Budapest) and the last clashes in Austrian and Slovenian territory before the army's unconditional surrender.

The author highlights the bravery and courage of these men, as well as the terrible fate of the Hungarian armoured forces when the Soviet Army invaded Hungary.

Despite being a great fan of the Second World War, I did not know much about the Hungarian armed forces, nor about the tensions (deriving from territorial disputes) with the Romanian neighbors, even allies in the Axis forces. The book was therefore an absolute surprise that made me appreciate a little known aspect of the Second World War.

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On The Old Barbed Wire

This book is a treasure chest for modellers and also provides some insights into the role that Hungary played for the Axis during WWII.

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Lars Gyllenhaal

Overall, this is a great overview with many brilliant photographs of the World War 2 Hungarian Army and it is inspiring me to drag my unpainted Turan, Csaba and Toldi tanks out of the lead pile and on to the painting table.

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Thomo's Hole

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A very interesting book, with a visual documentation of great historical importance.

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Miniaturas JM

Thumbs up for this one!

Tanks and AFV News YouTube Channel

A very interesting read!

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Flyin' and Ridin' Blog, Francois A. Dumas

The very popular Images Of War Series frequently covers images and subjects that have received little or no prior coverage by historians. This new addition covers Hungarian armour, a subject receiving little previous coverage and with many images previously unpublished. – Most Highly Recommended.

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I feel I learned a good deal reading this, and became better acquainted with Hungary's own materiel, which is very interesting. I'd definitely recommend this to anyone interested in this aspect of the enormous war in the Eastern Front.

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A Question Of Scale, Seb Palmer

All sorts of vehciles are featured, including the Turan and Toldi tanks, the Zrinyi self-propelled guns, Nimrod AA vehicle, Bata Rotund trucks and the Czaba armoured car. Add various Russian AFVs and Hungarian operated Panthers there is plenty in here to interest the AFV historians and the modeller in particular. A couple of rare photos showing experimental rocket launchers fitted to Hungarian tanks were especially interesting. There are some fine kits of Hungarian AFVs on the market these days, hence this will be of interest to plenty of armour modellers. Another good addition to the series.

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Military Model Scene, Robin Buckland

This title as part of the Images at War series is another great title in the line up as the images have been well chosen and presented to the viewer. The dedicated text provides a nice background to those photographs and sets the scene in many cases. The stars of the show are the captions that accompany the photographs as they provide a great level of detail.

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About Eduardo Manuel Gil Martínez

Eduardo Manuel Gil Martí nez has been interested in history for many years, particularly the Second World War. Determined to write about the little-known stories, he is the author of several books including Breslau 1945: El ú ltimo bastió n del Reich, Fuerzas acorazadas hú ngaras 1939-45, The Spanish in the SS and Wehrmacht 1944-45 and The Bulgarian Air Force in World War II.

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