By Krisztin Ungvry
Conflict for Budapest: a hundred days in international battle 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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Table 5 specifies the German units regrouped to the Great Hungarian Plain at the time of the Soviet offensive. 28 As nobody dared to postpone or change Stalin’s plan, the only solution was to broaden the attack and try to capture Budapest through an encirclement from two sides rather than a frontal assault. The 6th Guard Tank Army and the 7th Guard Army were to break through in the Hatvan region in the east and reach the Danube north of Budapest at Vác, while the 46th Army was to cross the Soroksár branch of the Danube, take Csepel Island, continue across the Öreg-Duna branch, and attack the capital from nearby Érd in the southwest.
Tóth, 1975a, p. 62. Thuróczy, p. 69. Tibor Gencsy’s memoirs, p. 18 (in the collection of the author). HL TGY, Aurél Salamon, 3179, p. 54. Tóth, 1975a, p. 62. In October 1944 Stalin and Churchill had come to an agreement about the division of the Balkans. For details, see Kogelfranz, pp. 12–13. Tóth, 1975a, pp. 62–3. , p. 73. Tóth, 1975b, p. 280. Veress, p. 76. Tomka, p. 85 (manuscript in the collection of the author). For a list of those who received the Hero of the Soviet Union medal, see Tóth, 1975b, pp.
This can only partly be explained by the almost hysterical fear of a popular uprising on the part of some authorities – for example, the Arrow Cross Party and the German security service. Above all, it was probably due to the polycratic power structures of the Third Reich. On 4 December Szálasi accepted Hitler’s decision, although Guderian was still saying that he wanted to keep the enemy out of the city. On this occasion it was announced that in any districts about to be abandoned the bridges and public utilities would be destroyed.