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The Siege of Budapest: One Hundred Days in World War II

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This definitive history of one of the fiercest battles of World War II describes the siege of Budapest in unprecedented detail. Both Stalin and Hitler demanded victory at all costs, and the cost was extreme: 80,000 Soviet troops, 38,000 German and Hungarian soldiers, and 38,000 Hungarian civilians perished. The book provides the first full account of this shocking battle.

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Paperback, 512 pages
Published November 13th 2006 by Yale University Press (first published April 11th 2005)
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'Aussie Rick'
Aug 23, 2011 'Aussie Rick' rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Detailed and at times disturbing account of the Siege of Budapest that occurred towards the end of 1944 and lasted for over two months resulting in enormous loss of life amongst the civilians trapped in the city and the soldiers on both sides fighting to hold/take Budapest. The author has used numerous first-hand accounts to tell the story of what the fighting was like during the siege and how peopled lived and tried to survive. Book is 475 pages of which 380 is narrative about the Siege, the ...more
Jack
This was an excellent book. It did not fully explain the situation of how the Russians got to Budapest that well, but that's ok. The book provided an wonderful in-depth day-by-day event chronology of the siege. Wonderfully researched. The best book that I have read with an abundance of real-life experiences throughout.

I recommend this book to all!
Greg
Oct 26, 2013 Greg rated it liked it
Good book about a siege that I knew nothing about. Written by a Hungarian author, it unfortunately assumed I knew the entire geography of the Budapest area including all the roads. The maps could have used a lot more simplification as well, it was difficult at times to link the narrative with the maps. I could have also used a short chapter of how Hungary was and was not involved with Nazi Germany before late 1944, but some of that was provided by the really helpful Forward of the book.

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Mieczyslaw Kasprzyk
When I first started reading this book I was put off to some extent by the dry recitation of the villages , then cities and finally streets that fell before the Soviet onslaught. I kept thinking that better, and more regular, maps and street plans would help me "watch" the events taking place. The narative would have benefited trmendously from an introductory description of the city and its key sites - at no stage did I become "acquainted" with Budapest. Accompanying this "dryness" was a ...more
Brandon Wu
Jan 14, 2013 Brandon Wu rated it liked it
Shelves: history
Solid account of a terribly bloody Eastern Front battle about which very little has been written in the English language. The best part of the book is the chapter on how the siege affected civilians trapped in the city (unlike, say, Stalingrad or Berlin, Budapest was not evacuated before house-to-house fighting began) - covering everything from when utilities failed to Red Army atrocities to Hungarians fighting on both sides of the battle. This more human side of the story contrasts nicely to ...more
Doria
May 17, 2016 Doria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Phenomenally detailed military and social history of the infamous siege of Budapest towards the end of WWII. Replete with figures, tables, maps, photographs and first-person accounts of military and civilian participants from multiple backgrounds, this is probably the most complete account available of the siege, including salient facts regarding its prelude and postlude. Not for the faint of heart.
Les Howie
Nov 03, 2014 Les Howie rated it really liked it
Shelves: wwii-balkans
A solid and complete military and social history that gives a picture both of the battle and of the experiences of the civilians of Budapest. Possible not for the general reader, but a valuable addition to the specialist literature on the Hungarian campaign of 44/45 and readable to boot.
Kraig Binkowski
Dec 14, 2010 Kraig Binkowski rated it liked it
Pretty good - great to get the Hungarian view of the siege. Translation was very good - engaging text.
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I read a few chapters - quite compelling and shocking.
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