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German Panzers Defending Hungary
Panzer Retreat to Austria, 1945
205 pages; 14 chapters
German Panzers Defending Hungary describes some of the
exploits of the 1st, 3rd and 24th German Army Panzer Divisions
as well as the 1st Cavalry Corps and an assortment of
Waffen SS panzer and panzer grenadier divisions.
Although the combat was bitter and the Germans were
relentlessly pushed back, the panzer divisions fought
with a level of military professionalism and élan that is not
apparent in any army extant in the 21st century.
German Panzers Defending Hungary provides the
reader with clear descriptions of the rapidly changing German panzer organizations and
succinct analysis of a number of panzer engagements and battles. Before the panzer
retreat to Austria, the German panzers defending Hungary destroyed over a thousand
enemy tanks and piled up Soviet corpses along a 200-kilometer front. If you want to get a
taste of desperate battle, read German Panzers Defending Hungary.
“The decision that was made by 3rd Panzer Corps Headquarters was just as incomprehensible today as it was then.
In fact the regrouping of the two panzer divisions was so inappropriate and so obviously the prelude to utter failure,
that it could only have been an example of sabotage by one or more traitorous German generals at corps
headquarters! The 3rd Panzer Corps commander completely scattered all the available forces and sent groupings
of similar units into geographical areas that were inappropriate for them. (Since he obviously knew better, that
undoubted sabotage was by a closet traitor masquerading as one who “simply made a mistake,” the commander of
the 3rd Panzer Corps.) All the armored forces of both divisions (the tank regiment, the armored artillery battalion,
the armored infantry battalion and the armored engineer company) were committed to the south in the area of
Stuhlweissenburg [Szekesferhervar]; and there they were directly attached to the 3rd Panzer Corps Headquarters.
The other panzer units of the divisions, almost all of them only mechanized/motorized, were employed in
counterattacks at the Ipoly River.
The inevitable did indeed happen. In the north, German forces did not succeed in reaching the objective of the
attack, Balassagyarmat, in order to reestablish the lost connection with their left neighbor, the 8th Army. In terrain
that was favorable to the employment of tanks almost everywhere, the extracted infantry units of the three panzer
divisions fought a hopeless battle from 21-28 December. Again and again they were penetrated by Soviet tank units
and finally surrounded to the east of the Gron River. Only with difficulty did they succeed in breaking out and
crossing the Gron River towards the west over a 16-ton bridge completed at the last moment.“
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