A Jagdpanzer 38(t) "Hetzer" pushes towards the front during the German invasion of their former ally Hungary in 1944.
After Germany began suffering critical defeats from the Allies, the Hungarian government who had originally been an ally to German attempted to part ways and sought peace with the Allies. This would not go down well with Adolf Hitler’s who ordered an invasion of Hungary in order to ensure the country would stand by Germany’s side till defeat. And so on the 19th of March, 1944, German forces invaded Hungary quickly taking taking hold of all major cities and then establishing a pro-German government. The invasion had ended on the 22nd.
Quickly the German forces began to round up Jewish people and others who they deemed inferior sending many to labour camps and death camps. Many hundreds of thousands of Hungarian Jews died during the process and many who had been lucky enough to escape extermination chose to hide away or attempt to cross a border into a friendly nation.
In September of 1944 Soviet forces would cross the border and begin their liberation of Hungary. Made quick progress and by November, the USSR occupied two thirds of the country and were closing in on the capital of Budapest. A siege developed as Soviet forces surrounded the capital from all sides trapping the Germans inside. They held out for seven weeks before finally falling. All fighting would end in Hungary on the 4th of April in 1945
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