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Siege 13

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By Tamas Dobozy

Siege 13
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The Budapest Offensive

The stories in Tamas Dobozy's collection, Siege 13, look at some of the emotional and psychological consequences of the Budapest Offensive, one of the longest and deadliest military campaigns of World War II. Beginning in the autumn of 1944, the Budapest Offensive lasted though February 13, 1945. Budapest was officially surrounded on December 29, 1944, in what became known as the "Siege of Budapest". The whole campaign caused immeasurable destruction and hardship.

Soviet Army in BudapestAfter having taken control of Romania in August 1944, the Soviet Red Army (an Allied force) continued to push west, setting its sights on Hungary (see map). Hungary would provide a direct link to Austria and Czechoslovakia, which would give the Allies access to the south of Germany, a very valuable route. Hungary was an ally of Germany, albeit reluctantly so. According to The Siege of Budapest: One Hundred Days in World War II by Krisztián Ungváry, "As a result of the successive defeats suffered by the Germans on...

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