" On a quiet day "
Hungarian Hussar officers enjoys a game of cards somewhere on the Russian front. The uniforms and ranks are modified for front service with discreet collar ranks. This was made to be less distinctive from the rest of the soldiers and not to draw extra attention by the enemy.


" My fellow Tűzharcosok! "
A leader of the Tűzharcos Szövetség (National Front-Line Fighters’ Association) talks from his balcony to people gathered outside of his house. Nice early 1920th photograph from a series from a  Tűzharcos Szövetség heritage.


" A nice day on the horse back "
Sergeant Oszkár Kléesz from the infantry regiment in Kecskemét enjoys a day on the horseback in the newly reclaimed Hungarian territories of Délvidék in April of 1941. Hungary annexed parts of the territories lost in 1920 at this time and Sergeant Kléesz took part with his regiment.

(The original photograph is in Black/White and is here digitally colourized.)


" Crossing The Balaton "
Hungarian Air Force cadets on exercise an board the boat that takes them across Lake Balaton. 
The summer uniforms in light green is a great wear on hot summer days.


" Officers Heritage "
Identifications card and Hungarian Combat Leadership Badge (Hungarian: Csapattiszti Jelvény) that belonged to 2/Lieutenant József Révász, killed in action 18. January 1945.


" Veteran Officer "
Hungarian 2/Lieutenant with a nice medal bar from the 1st world war.
The uniform/photograph is from the period after 1940. 

The Medals this 2/Lieutenant is wearing is:
Emperor Charles I, Silver Bravery medal 2 class,
Emperor Charles I, Troop cross (3 month front line service),
Hungarian medal of remembrance 1914-18 with crossed swords (front line service),
Hungarian 1940 annexation of Transylvania Commemorative Medal.


" Honvéd Memories "
Hungarian Honvéd soldiers in an arranged photograph. The soldiers with the stripe marking on the lower part of the  tunic´s arm were called  "Karpaszományos honvéd", witch meant that the Honvéd conscript had obtained a higher education, degree or had graduated before the start of the service. Usually this meant a rapid advancement to Private1.class (Őrvezető), Corporal (Tizedes) and Lance corporal (Szakaszvezető) after the basic training. Some Karpaszományos honvéd were even eligible for reserve officers training.


Royal Hungarian Officers Coat
Another excellent video from our friend-site Decker's Militaria ! 


" Forwards! "
Hungarian bicycle infantry moving into newly liberated areas in upper Hungary 1938.



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" Night-time card game"
Hungarian soldiers enjoying a night-time card game at the barracks. The most common type of playing cards in Hungary as well as Austro-Hungary is the "German Playing cards" (Doppeldeutsche) or "The William Tell deck". 


" Veteran Staff Sergeant "
Hungarian Staff Sergeant with a nice WW1 medal bar with several silver and bronze bravery medals, the Karl I Troop cross for front service, the Hungarian WW1 commemorative medal and the NCO long service cross. The high collar tunic was the standard during the 1920th and 1930th.


" Friends at the front line "
A relaxed moment in the sun at the Russian front, the perfect moment to preserve for the future. The everyday life of the soldier are rarely documented by the professional army photographers assigned to every army. Their work is to document the most important moments of the units and happenings during a campaign and war. Everyday moments like the photo above shows the more personal side, made by friends, for friends.   


" Platoon Photograph "
Hungarian reserve platoon in mixed 1930-40 uniforms.

The 2nd Lieutenant hadnagy (right) uses the officers shoulder strap that where used by officers until 1941 when it was removed because the big difference between officers and regular troops. (witch were useful for enemy snipers). The warrant officer zászlós (left) are not using the officers shoulder strap and is also missing the left shoulder cord, witch where custom before 1940, when the shoulder cord where only used on the same side as the officers shoulder strap.

 The soldiers in the platoon also uses different types of tunic collar. The older type, with the high collar were in use between 1926-40, and after 1940 the lower type became standard.  


" Lunch in the field "
Any soldier without proper food, is as useless as without ammunition.


" With a little help.. "
A Rába 38M "Botond" Hungarian built all-terrain truck is stuck in the Russian mud. Help is needed to get it out on proper terrain and a man with two oxen are ready for the job.


" Huszár "
A proud Hungarian Cavalry private "Huszár", in the traditional horseback pose.


" Winter Shelter "
Photographs from the photo-heritage of the Hungarian Hungarian Air Force corporal Ernő Simon.
Air Force personnel at their shelters somewhere in Russia.


" Muszka földön... "
" The wind blows harsh on Russian soil, And also that brings Your sweet memory to me! "
Hungarian WW2 military postcard. (Kaszárnya = Barracks) 


" Szakaszvezető "
A nice and sharp studio photograph of a Hungarian lance-corporal. The high collar is a pre 1936 type uniform.


" Reserve "
Older soldiers posing for a group photograph. Many older reserve troops and soldiers were called in for shorter repetition service during the inter war period. Hungary had to keep a very restricted number of regular soldiers in the ranks according to the peace-treaty after WW1. Many of the older soldiers were veterans from the war 1914-18.


" Russia from above "
The view from the pilots seat on a German built Junkers Ju 52. This transport air-plane was used by the Royal Hungarian Air-Force. This photo is from the photo-album of Air-Force lieutenant Géza Mészáros who's photographs I have published here some time ago.   


Here's an excellent video made by our friends at Decker's Militaria !



" Housed Company "
A company of Hungarian soldiers spends a night at a civilian house. This small and unknown series of photographs shows an enjoyable glimpse of the everyday life of conscripted soldiers before WW2.

 Food is served and enjoyed after a day of exercise.

 Time for relax and leisure, together with the local family.

 The next morning, the company and officers are ready for another exercise day!


" Bicycle Honvéd "
The Hungarian army used bicycles for the mobility of the infantry, and even had special bicycle-units.
This Honvéd (is Hungarian for "homeland defence") soldier are standing next to his civilian bicycle for this nice photograph..


" Class of 1934 "
Graduates at the Royal Hungarian Ludovika Military Academy. Many of these graduates played important roles during WW2. By then, the year of 1934 had risen to captains rank. Some of the officers went on to serve in the resurrected Hungarian army after the war, even as generals. The political climate that developed into a Stalinist dictatorship had no place for "old Ludovika officers" and gradually removed them from the ranks. Many of the former officers could only take low status jobs and were constantly harassed by the regime. A few even got executed after becoming targets in show-trials and political prosecutions. 


" Levente Youth "
Flag ceremony by the Hungarian Levente Youth organization.


" Erdély 1940 "
Hungarian officers and  a local boy during 1940 Return of Transylvania (Erdély) campaign.


" Royal Hungarian 3rd Honvéd Regiment "
3/1 Company Supply and Training group, (City of Tata 1942, March)


" Train Ride "
Light summer dressed Hungarian soldiers captured on a moving train. The corporals in front of the photograph has got two white stars on their collar witch is always in the colour their military branch. Green is for the infantry, witch is the most likely on the soldiers in this photograph.



" Eger Castle "
Military horses fills the inner yard at the castle in the town of Eger. The 11th century castle and fortress in Eger were used by the military military up until WW2.

 Today there are no military activities in the Eger castle, besides of really interesting historical exhibitions and collections. Families bring their children to this historical place to learn about the past in the very same environment they took place.

The Web-page of the Castle and Museum in Eger can be found here
(In Hungarian only)


" Air Defence "
Royal Hungarian River Forces soldier posing with the air defence machine-guns, mounted on a patrol boat. 


" Front-line Front page "
The May 1943 issue of the picture magazine Magyar Futár (The Hungarian Courier).
The photograph, originally in black and white that was hand coloured for the magazine cover-page had lost almost all colour and faded through the years, had to be digitally restored.

The original photograph for the cover-page of the magazine.
" Company, Halt ! "
Hungarian officer leading the infantry company from the horseback.


" Signal post "
Exercise photograph of a army or artillery signallers in action.


" The summit conference "
www.tuzkereszt.com and RoyalHungarian Army ww2 finally met in person during a warm and pleasant October day in the historic town of Eger in Hungary. A personal meeting is always an excellent way to share ideas and make future plans for cooperation and develop our mutual love for history and quest to share historic material with the public.


" In position "
Hungarian soldiers with a Solothurn S18-100, 20 mm Anti-Tank Cannon.
The light band around the soldiers caps indicates that is during and exercise, where it was a common feature to recognize the different participant sides.

More about the Solothurn S18-100


" Five in a row "
Group-photographs can be made in many ways. Here are five cavalry privates dressed in light summer shirts and summer tunic (last soldier). The characteristic lightly V shaped top of the boot reveals the cavalry branch.