Dear Friends, I have got some sad news from my friend Tamás Deák at our friend site the Royal Hungarian Army ww2 today. The Facebook page was hijacked and he has
no control over the content of the page at the moment. Unauthorised materials has been uploaded and distributed through the page. He
already contacted with Facebook but no action has been taken yet.
We hope that the situation will be solved and the page restored as soon as possible.
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".
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.
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.
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 officerzászlós (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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.