" M. Kir Ludovika Honvéd Akadémia "
On a resent trip to Budapest Hungary, I took some time and visited the former Royal Hungarian Ludovika Military Academy. The building where restored to it's former glory some years ago and functions once again as a Academy building.

In search of original places that I have photographs off in my photo-archive, I started with the entrance of the main building. This photograph from the beginning of the 1930'th, where general vitéz. Béla Szinay, the commander of the academy stands together with the company commanders of the academy, was the place I wanted to find.

Here it is!
The same entrance as in the photograph above, as it looks like today.
The security camera mounted on the wall (to the right in the picture) quickly recorded me, as I was taking this photo...

A security-guard quickly approached me from inside of the building, asking why I was photographing at the entrance.
Well prepared as I where, I showed him many of my old photos on my iPad and explained my historical interest in this place and entrance.
The security-guard was very friendly and understanding as I explained my knowledge of the old academy. He was also very happy to see the unique old photographs of his workplace. Unfortunately I where not let inside because visitors need to seek permission and have an invitation, well in advance...
Well, maybe next time!

Behind the main building there is a park called Orczy kert (the Orczy park). In the old days it belonged to the military academy and where used for various military training and exercise. In this case, I wanted to take a look at the small pond in the middle of the park to see the place where this photograph was taken. 
Unfortunately yet again, a large part of the park where sealed off due to ongoing landscaping works.

Sticking my iPad through the fence, this was as close I could get.. The boat house to the right, is built on the same place where the old one stood, partly visible through the threes on the right hand side.


" Greetings from Budapest! "
Hungarian officers from Budapest in 1930.


" First Aid "
Hungarian war-time Red Cross stamps.

 Mrs. Milkós Horthy (Magdolna Purgly de Jószáshely), wife of the Regent Admiral.

Mrs. István Horthy (Ilona Edelsheim-Gyulai), wife of the elder son of the Regent Admiral.


" Wedding "
1/Lieutenant at the Royal Hungarian Air Force on his wedding day. 


" Two White Birds "
Hungarian Junker JU-52 planes circles over the hills around Budapest as part of the grand opening ceremony airshow at the Budaörs airfield in 1937.


" Erdély 1940 "
Hungarian infantry moving into newly liberated areas in Transylvania (Erdély in Hungarian) 1940.


" 1.st Budapest Royal Hungarian Mixed Honvéd Brigade "
Military competition medal for high-jump, third place 1935.


" Hungarian Private Portrait "
Hungarian Honvéd infantry private pose with his Hungarian made M 1935 bayonet.

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" Friends in the Kitchen "
Hungarian lance-corporal with his two friend pose for a photo in the regiment kitchen. 
The lance-corporal is wearing the 1938 Return of the northern territories (Felvidék) remembrance medal.


" The final journey of Private Lajos Bartha "

Cavalry Private (Hussar) Lajos Bartha's thirty year old life ended the 19. September 1940. 
He lost his live during his service at a Cavalry regiment and were given a military funeral in his home-town.
- - - - - - - - - - (~) - - - - - - - - - - 
This photo series depicts his last journey to his final resting place.


" Levente Youth "
In the Hungarian inter-war period had many youth organisations. The Levente Youth had many members and many were also members from the Hungarian scouts as well. The members in the Levente had more military and defence characteristic, while the Hungarian Scout's were strictly non military. In this group photo, some Levente members have Scout insignia on. The wooden rifles were a part of the Levente equipment and are today a well sought after collector item.

 Various type's of Levente cap badge.

The belt buckle of the Hungarian Scouts

 The Hungarian Scouts shirt and the Levente Youth cap.


Hungarian Nurses

After a small break in the updates for this blog, I have loaded up with new (old) material added to my collection. The main focus for a while, will be on shorter photo series, rather then single photos like now. Much of the resent acquired material are longer photo series and entire photo-albums and I will try to pick the best and most interesting.
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" Armour on the tracks "
Hungarian Armoured train in use. The national coloured Air Force marking on the side and the (Austro-Hungarian made) Schwarzlose M7 machine gun mounted for air defence, and it's crew ready.


" Tizedes "
Air Force corporal Ernő Simon is posing for a photograph.

Corporal Ernő Simon, still in the same pose, but in the uniform for ground troops.



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


" Csaba Marosvásárhelyen "
The M1939 "Csaba" armoured scout car is greeted by the chrreing Hungarian population in the Erdély (Transylvanian) town Marosvásárhely on the 10. of September 1940. The photograph/post-card's made by the Hungarian Film office, was a popular item to send home with the newly "returned to Hungary" stamp and postmark from the town on the photos.


" Hungarian Stuka Pilot "

The Junkers Ju 87 or Stuka (from Sturzkampfflugzeug, "dive bomber") was a German dive bomber and ground-attack aircraft. It first flew in 1935. The Ju 87 made its combat début in 1937 with the Luftwaffe's Condor Legion during the Spanish Civil War. It served the Axis forces in World War II.

The aircraft was easily recognisable by its inverted gull wings and fixed spatted undercarriage. Upon the leading edges of its faired main gear legs were mounted the Jericho-Trompete ("Jericho trumpet") wailing sirens, becoming the propaganda symbol of German air power and the blitzkrieg victories of 1939–1942

By the end of the war the Junkers Ju 87 where to slow and an easy target for much faster and efficient enemy fighter aircraft's. Due to the Axis forces fuel shortage and lack of air superiority many Junkers Ju 87 remained on the ground. (Wikipedia)



Hungarian Artillery Private
(originally hand-colourized, digitally improved)


" Firm Look "
Hungarian Air Force sergeant, portrait photograph.


" Magyar Országos Véderő Egylet - M O V E "

Magyar Országos Véderő Egylet (The Hungarian National Defence Association) or MOVE was an early right-wing movement active in Hungary. MOVE grew out of the 'right radicals' phenomenon i.e. those who strongly opposed the 1919 Hungarian Soviet Republic, but who felt that the mainstream conservatives were not strong enough to cope with the shift to communism.
When Miklós Horthy ousted the communists, MOVE largely turned it's support over to him, although it continued to develop a strong right-wing profile and offering support for Benito Mussolini in Italy and establishing contacts and support for Germany.
After Hungary's defeat in WW2, MOVE was banned in 1945 under decree 529/1945, ME regulation, §3. as an illegal organisation along with many pre-war right-wing movements.


" With a little help.. II "
A Hungarian military all-terrain truck is stuck in the Russian mud... Help is needed to get it out on proper terrain, and Hungarian Air Force personnel are ready for the job!


" Serving my Country "
WW1-veteran, Hungarian staff sergeant with an impressive medal bar.

 I. class Silver medal for bravery
II. class Silver medal for bravery with 2-nd award clasp
Bronze medal for bravery
Carl Troop Cross for front line service