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By Krisztin Ungvry

Conflict for Budapest: a hundred days in international struggle II КНИГИ ;ВОЕННАЯ ИСТОРИЯ Издательство: I.B.Tauris & Co LtdАвтор(ы): Krisztan UngvaryЯзык: EnglishГод издания: 2003Количество страниц: 385ISBN: 1-86064-727-8Формат: pdf (e-book)Размер: 15,5 mb RAPIDили IFOLDER zero

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Kovalovszky, pp. 83, 79. Styemenko, 1972, p. 2. Ibid. Although the Hungarian 1st Army had suffered significant losses after 15 October 1944, and some 15,000 soldiers had left their units, it not only failed to disintegrate but was even able to delay the advance of Petrov’s 4th Ukrainian Front through its counter-attacks. As late as December 1944, Petrov’s troops were still marking time in the northeastern part of the Carpathians. Major-General Zakharov’s misleading comment on this conversation is characteristic: ‘At this time the [Hungarian] democratic government was being formed.

Furthermore the Hungarian Szent László Division was also due to be deployed in this region. In principle they had a fair chance of success, because the advance of the Soviet mechanised units had resulted in a highly vulnerable bulge. Although various options were discussed, the German supreme command, following Adolf Hitler’s orders, chose the operation code-named Spätlese (Late Harvest), which was to take place between Lake Balaton and Lake Velence; the idea of an attack towards the northeast was dropped because by then the situation of the Pest bridgehead was regarded as uncertain.

61 Although Isaszeg was temporarily recaptured through a German counter-attack on 15 December,62 the front PRELUDE 25 of the 12th Reserve Division, whose battalions numbered only between 100 and 200 by that time, remained the most vulnerable point of the bridgehead. 4 The third stage of the operations Soviet and German strategic plans and the breakthrough Following Timoshenko’s recommendations, the Soviet general staff gave orders for the preparation of a renewed assault on Budapest on 12 December.

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