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Soviet Military Intervention in Hungary, 1956

Edited by Jenő Györkei, Military History Institute, Budapest,
Miklos Horvath, Political College of the Hungarian Army, Budapest

With a study by Alexandr Kirov, military historian

This remarkable study reveals precious new material on the organization, command, strategy, and tactics of the Soviet armed forces which invaded Hungary in 1956. Particularly interesting is the precise documentation of the irrationally large size of the forces. The major contribution made by the book is its source material: it is based on research in Soviet archives, and this alone makes the volume of unique scholarly importance.

The book opens with a substantial introductory essay by the editors, and includes a major study by Alexandr Kirov, based on research in Soviet military archives. One of the real strengths of the book is that it also includes the memoirs of General Yevgeny Malashenko, in 1956 a colonel in the Soviet Army and acting Chief of Staff of the Special Corps in Budapest, who provided unparalleled insights into Soviet military procedures, politico-military co-operation, and the actual fighting strengths and weaknesses of the Red Army. Very few other high-ranking Soviet officers have ever published their memoirs in the West.



Questions are increasingly being raised, Hungarian Workers Party proves unable to lead society, The 'wave' plan for armed intervention, How it began, Plan is set in motion, Soviet troops in Budapest, A friendly message to the workers of the Hungarian People's Republic, Re-evaluation of the situation, Command to cease fire, Refugees and hosts, Troop invasion continues, Preparations for a new military operation, Beginning of operation 'Whirlwind', UN general assembly decision, Who represents the will of the people?, Organization of the Soviet city commands, End of the suppression of the uprising, Rearguard actions, Sepilov lied, There have been, and will be, arrests, And what happened afterwards, Hungarian October and the present, The old view is no longer valid, Soviet troop losses, Troops withdraw, the graves stay behind, After nearly 40 years, The price of the Khrushchev-Kádár agreement Conclusion. Tables

350 pages
ISBN 978-963-9116-36-8 cloth $49.95 / €42.95 / £35.00
ISBN 978-963-9116-35-1 paperback out of print