Liberator, my foot
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Krisztián Ungváry, The Siege of Budapest: 100 Days in World War II (Yale University Press, 2005).
In the final days of 1944, Soviet forces advanced past Budapest, cutting off German and Hungarian forces in the city, where Hitler ordered them to hold out in a doomed effort to save Vienna and Berlin. The ensuing siege lasted into February and trapped some 800,000 civilians in conditions that grew more and more desperate and miserable. Ungváry has written a comprehensive history of the tragedy, from the strategic context to the street-to-street fighting, and not omitting political and social perspectives. John Lukacs wrote the foreward.

Google Book Search will let you read Chapter 2, but not Lukacs’s foreward.  Robert Citino reviewed it for HistoryNet.com.  István Deák reviewed it for The New Republic and also for The Hungarian Quarterly. Paul Hellyer reviewed it for Magyar Szó. Brian Williams reviewed it for MilitaryHistoryOnline. Here is blogger t.s. And here is Wikipedia’s entry on the Siege of Budapest.

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