Operational History of the Hungarian Armoured Troops in World War 2...

...from Kagero, via Casemate Books

Title:  Operational History of the Hungarian Armoured Troops in World War 2

Author: Peter Mujzer

Publisher:  Kagero

ISBN:  978-83-66148-07-9

Photosniper 28 in this series from Kagero and follow-on from an earlier title by the same author which looked at the various Hungarian built military vehicles. This adds to it by detailing the operations that the Hungarian Army got involved with during WW2. They included the invasion of Yugoslavia in 1941 and then their involvement in the invasion of Russia, from 1941 and onwards.  By the time it got to the final stages, the Hungarians were fighting to try and protect their own homeland against the advance of the Russian armies.

Units include 1st & 2nd Armoured Divisions, along with 101 & 102 Independent Occupation Tank Companies, Assault Artillery Units, 1st Cavalry Division, 1st Hussar Division and more.  The historical sequence of events, including personal accounts and the equipment they used. Add maps and numerous archive images this makes for interesting reading, and how good it is to have accounts of the involvement of Hungarian units in WW2, which not many years ago would have been very hard to find here. The photos include a lot of Hungarian made vehicles, including Toldi, Zrinyi and Nimrod AFVs, but alongside are Italian CV33 variants and even the heavy Tiger I, all in Hungarian service. A couple of photos which caught my attention showed variants of the Krupp Kfz 69 truck that I don't recall seeing before, with a Command Car body and another with a troop carrier body and doors for the front seats.

As we get to the end of the book, there are 12 pages of Unit structures, using vehicle silhouettes. Then 6 pages with coloured photos, where original black and white pictures have been coloured, thanks to modern technology, and very nicely done. Finally, 10 pages with excellent colour artwork profiles, plus the back cover.

An excellent book all round, and good for the WW2 historian and modeller alike.  Well worth having on your bookshelf if you have any interest in Axis AFVs of WW2.

Thanks to Casemate Books, who kindly provided my review copy.