October 1944: Soviet troops launched a powerful attack on Budapest
from the south, the culmination of a series of military, political,
diplomatic and underground moves undertaken by Hitler, Stalin and
Churchill since the collapse of the Axis front in the Balkans two
months earlier. However, what had been planned as a bold stroke to
knock Hungary out of the war and bring the Red Army as far as
Munich quickly became a stalemate. The end result was that Stalin's
forces failed to reach Bavaria, but the dictator was not
disappointed: Soviet pressure against the German southern flank
forced Hitler to transfer a considerable number of his armoured
reserves to Hungary and thus largely facilitated Zhukov's drive on
to Berlin. Here, Kamen Nevenkin tells the fascinating story of this
'Market Garden'-like operation using a number of never before
published German and Russian archival documents, including German
papers exclusively held in the Russian military archive. The text
is dynamic, easy to read and accompanied by previously unpublished
photographs. A detailed tactical narrative, Nevenkin also uses
first-person accounts to render a human tale of war to create an
ultimately fascinating read.
The History Press Ltd
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