Siege of Budapest 1944–45

Siege of Budapest 1944–45

The Brutal Battle for the Pearl of the Danube

Campaign 377
  • Author: Balázs Mihályi
  • Illustrator: Johnny Shumate
  • Short code: CAM 377
  • Publication Date: 26 May 2022
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A gripping and detailed study of the brutal urban battle for Budapest, which saw German and Hungarian troops struggling to halt the joint Soviet-Romanian offensive to take the key city on the Danube.

The 52-day-long siege of Budapest witnessed some of the most destructive urban fighting of the war. The Transdanubia region was strategically vital to Nazi Germany for its raw materials and industry, and because of the bridgehead it allowed into Austria. As a result, Hitler declared Budapest a fortress city in early December 1944. The battle for the city pitted 90,000 German and Hungarian troops against 170,000 Soviet (2nd and 3rd Ukrainian Fronts) and Romanian attackers. The operations to take the city ran across several phases, from the initial Soviet approach to Budapest commencing in late October 1944, through the encirclement of city first on the Pest side of the Danube, and then on the Buda bank, and on to the savage urban fighting that began in December 1944 for the Hungarian capital. This superbly detailed work analyses the background, chronology and consequences of the siege from both a military and political perspective, and documents the huge losses in military and civilian casualties and material damage.

Biographical Note

Balázs Mihályi has a long-standing interest in the siege of Budapest, and has explored many different aspects of the events in magazine articles, books, academic papers and conferences. He has also contributed a large body of maps relating to the siege of Budapest to Hungarian language publications. Balázs lives in Budapest, Hungary.

Contents

ORIGINS OF THE CAMPAIGN
CHRONOLOGY
OPPOSING COMMANDERS
Axis
Soviet and Romanian
OPPOSING FORCES
Axis
Soviet and Romanian
Orders of battle
OPPOSING PLANS
Axis
Soviet and Romanian
THE SIEGE OF BUDAPEST
The first Soviet attack: 29 October-6 November 1944
Budapest surrounded: 11 November-24 December 1944
Taking Pest: 24 December 1944-18 January 1945
German relief operations: Konrad I-III
Buda: 19 January-10 February 1945
Breakout: 11-13 February 1945
AFTERMATH
THE BATTLEFIELD TODAY
BIBLIOGRAPHY
INDEX


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