The Hungarian Revolution 1956

The Hungarian Revolution 1956

Elite 148
  • Author: Erwin Schmidl, László Ritter
  • Illustrator: Peter Dennis
  • Short code: ELI 148
  • Publication Date: 10 Nov 2006
  • ISBN: 9781846030796
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number of Pages: 64
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Stalin's death in 1953 led to unrest in several states of the Soviet empire, as their hungry, tyrannized peoples sensed a slackening in the grip of their hard-line regimes. This is an account of the October 1956 student demonstrators in Budapest who attracted growing support from workers - and, when the secret police opened fire, from many Hungarian troops. For five days they successfully fought off Soviet tanks, and it even seemed that Moscow might negotiate a withdrawal; but then the tanks rolled in again, in crushing numbers. This stirring story is illustrated with fascinating contemporary photos and meticulously researched colour plates.

Biographical Note

Erwin A. Schmidl studied history and anthropology at the University in Vienna. He has held positions in the Austrian Ministry of Defence and currently head of the contemporary history department at the Institute for Strategic Studies at the Austrian National Defence Academy in Vienna. He lives in Vienna. László Ritter received M.A. in history from the Central European University in Budapest. He is currently a PhD student who also works as a documentary film maker. Since 2001 he has been a researcher at Institute of History of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. He lives in Budapest. Peter Dennis was born in 1950. Inspired by contemporary magazines such as Look and Learn he studied illustration at Liverpool Art College. Peter has since contributed to hundreds of books, predominantly on historical subjects. He is a keen wargamer and modelmaker. He is based in Nottinghamshire, UK


Historical background Events of 1956 Organization, uniforms and weapons Hungarian People's Army - Police & Border Police - insurgents Soviet armed forces: Special Corps - NKVD troops - additional intervention forces.

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