By Krisztin Ungvry
Conflict for Budapest: a hundred days in international struggle 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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61 Although Isaszeg was temporarily recaptured through a German counter-attack on 15 December,62 the front PRELUDE 25 of the 12th Reserve Division, whose battalions numbered only between 100 and 200 by that time, remained the most vulnerable point of the bridgehead. 4 The third stage of the operations Soviet and German strategic plans and the breakthrough Following Timoshenko’s recommendations, the Soviet general staff gave orders for the preparation of a renewed assault on Budapest on 12 December.
The task of recapturing the village of Fót was entrusted to the Hungarian II Parachute Battalion, flanked by units of the Feldherrnhalle Division and the Hungarian 10th Infantry Division55 (with about 15 armoured vehicles and 200 German and 600 Hungarian troops). Although the occupiers were supported by 26 batteries and numerous mortars, the paratroopers – together with the remnants of two exhausted German battalions and a panzer company – were able to recapture Fót on 13 December. However, by the following evening they had been forced to withdraw once more because of the flanks’ failure to catch up.
The defenders had been reinforcing their positions for days in anticipation of the attack, which finally began without any artillery preparation, at 11pm. 43 The following episode exemplifies the scale of the casualties: Towards midnight on 4 December Sergeant Smirnov’s pontoon was transporting an assault squad and two guns to the right bank of the Danube. On the way the pontoon was hit. Smirnov received two bullets in the leg, and four of the oarsmen were also wounded. Nevertheless, they managed to land the assault squad and the guns.
Battle for Budapest: 100 days in World War II by Krisztin Ungvry