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.
"What you will find in these pages are superb descriptions of these units/dress along with some unique photographs taken of some of the soldiers in their uniforms. This is further enhanced by the outstanding illustrations of Darko Pavlovic which add some real color to these old greyscale images from the distant past. A book that rightly belongs on the shelf of any WWII enthusiast and one that provides a bit more insight into one of the more important Axis allies.Highly recommended." -Scott Van Aken, Modelling Madness (October 2008)
"Like other titles in this series, rare photographs and vivid illustrations add value to this book, and I imagine these resources can be extremely useful to modelers. This book definitely is a great starting point for me to start learning more about the Hungarian Army and how its men played a role in the European War." - C. Peter Chan, World War II Database (December 11, 2008)
"If you ever wanted to know everything about the Hungarian Army during World War II, read this book." -Jeff Grim, collectedmiscellany. com (October 2008)
"The 'Men-at Arms' series is as much about the units and uniforms/equipment of these soldiers as it is about the conflict itself. That being the case, this particular edition covers just those aspects of the Royal Hungarian Army ... Highly recommended." -Scott Van Aken, modelingmadness.com, (October 2008)
"The combination of history, uniforms, and unit data all in one volume makes this a choice title to pick uop for all WW2 history buffs." -Military Miniatures in Review
The Royal Hungarian Army in World War II by Nigel Thomas