Hungarian Armored Forces in World War II

Peter Mujzer

Date Published :
January 2018
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Illustration :
Archive photos and 20 painting schemes
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Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9788365437655
Pages : 112
Dimensions : 11.7 X 8.3 inches
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Since 1699, Hungary was part of the Austrian Empire, ruled by the Habsburg dynasty. In 1848/49, the Hungarians staged an uprising seeking their independence, and although the attempt was crushed by the Austrians, it resulted with Hungary being granted equal status with Austria in 1867. The empire became the dual monarchy of Austria and Hungary, and was known as the kaiserliche und königliche (k. und k.) Monarchy. The kaiserliche part referred to the Imperial throne of Austria, while the königliche part referred to the Royal throne of Hungary.

At the end of the First World War, Hungary, as a member of the k. und k. Monarchy, ended up on the losing side. Her army disintegrated and her armaments were either taken over or destroyed by the victorious Allied nations. In the autumn of 1919, after the failure of a short-lived Soviet-style republic, a new Hungarian National Army was organized under French supervision. This army was led by a former k. und k. admiral, the highest-ranking native Hungarian military officer, Admiral Miklós Horthy, who later (in 1920) became Regent of Hungary, ruling in place of the deposed Habsburgs. Hungary never officially renounced its status as a monarchy, and the nation effectively remained a monarchy without a king until the end of the Second World War.

After WWI, Hungary was in a very critical situation. In 1920 the Allied Powers gave the Hungarian delegation their conditions for peace. This agreement, the Treaty of Trianon, was very similar to the one already imposed on Germany at Versailles. The peace conditions for Hungary reduced the area of the country from 282,000 square kilometres to 93,000 square kilometres and the population from 18 million to 9.5 million. Thus 3,263,000 Hungarians became citizens of foreign countries under hostile administrations. The provisions of the Treaty of Trianon reduced Hungary’s 1914 industrial base by about 80%.

The Treaty of Trianon was a huge shock for the whole society. The Treaty has left a never ending scar on the Hungarian national consciousness. Everybody was affected, at least emotionally, by the harsh conditions of the Treaty. Hungary had lost his imperial status and was reduced to a small country surrounded by hostile states.


(Kagero) – “This is definitely a one-stop book for anyone with an interest in the Hungarian armoured forces in WW2...Thoroughly recommended and extremely good value.”

- Scale Military Modeller International

“The book details the history of the Hungarian armoured force from right after WW1 through to the end of the war including the organisation and training of troops, the structure of the various armoured units and their employment on the Eastern Front until their destruction and the end of their war in March 1945.”


“Peter Mujzer details, distills, and dissects its World War II armored assets in a copiously illustrated effort from Kagero… Units. Actions. Movements. And, of course, associated equipment. It's all here – packed into just 132 pithy, picture-packed pages… Grab this ripping reference.”

- Cybermodeler

“Kagero's Photosniper series is really a great reference for the enthusiast. Every edition provides background history as well as a goodly number of period photographs of the subject… The author does a very good job of providing not only a history of these various vehicles, but also the organization and training of units as well as the years prior to the war. There is an extensive bibliography as well as several pages of unscaled line drawings of these vehicles. A nice addition to the book are several pages of colored photographs, such as what you see on the front cover as well as the usual full color profiles.”

- ModelingMadness.Com

"...all those photos should come handy for weathering and diorama ideas in your project. Don't forget that the book covers several vehicle models, so you will be able to use it later as well.”

- DetailScaleView

"This book should provide readers with a better understanding of the Armoured forces of Hungary and they equipment they used. The wealth of photographs, together with drawings and colour plates will be of great use to the modeller, and of great interest to anyone studying one of the seemingly less well known Axis powers. Highly Recommended.”


‘’The text is accompanied by period photos, with sections devoted to specific types, camouflage and markings of interest to modellers.''

- AirFix Model World

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