26 November 2018

0394 | Photo | Magyar Királyi Honvédség



Operation 25. Members of the Hungarian IV Corps in Sombor – allegedly during street fighting against the Serbs (it is, however, more probable that the dangerous situation was simply staged, for propaganda purposes). Thanks to the similar helmets and obscured (typically moustached) faces, the Hungarians resemble German soldiers so much in this picture that even the Germans confused them with their own troops; for example, in the German book "Our Fight in the Balkans" (1942), richly illustrated with press photos (with otherwise precise descriptions), the picture of Hungarian soldiers in the streets of Sombor was captioned: "German troops during street fighting against Serbian snipers."

Text: Ivan Ž.

Photographer: unknown.
Date: 12 April 1941.
Location: Sombor, Yugoslavia.
Original caption: unknown.

Sources: Hadtörténeti Intézet és Múzeum, via Magyar Idők, 11.04.2016; NIOD, via Beeldbank WO2, 20706; Leo W. G. Niehorster, The Royal Hungarian Army 1920–1945 – Organization and History, 2010, p. 66; Franz Geisler et al., Unser Kampf auf dem Balkan, F. Bruckmann Verlag, München, 1942, p. 96/97.

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Operacija 25. Pripadnici mađarskog IV korpusa u Somboru – navodno u uličnim borbama protiv Srba (verovatnije je, međutim, da je opasna situacija samo odglumljena, propagande radi). Zahvaljujući sličnim šlemovima i zaklonjenim (tipično brkatim) licima, Mađari na ovoj slici toliko liče na nemačke vojnike da su ih čak i Nemci bili pomešali sa sopstvenim trupama; na primer, u nemačkoj knjizi "Naša borba na Balkanu" (1942), bogato ilustrovanoj novinskim fotografijama (sa inače preciznim opisima), uz sliku mađarskih vojnika na ulicama Sombora stoji natpis: "Nemačke trupe u uličnim borbama protiv srpskih snajperista."

Tekst: Ivan Ž.

Fotograf: nepoznat.
Datum: 12. april 1941.
Mesto: Sombor, Jugoslavija.
Originalni natpis: nepoznat.

Izvori: Hadtörténeti Intézet és Múzeum, via Magyar Idők, 11.04.2016; NIOD, via Beeldbank WO2, 20706; Leo W. G. Niehorster, The Royal Hungarian Army 1920–1945 – Organization and History, 2010, str. 66; Franz Geisler et al., Unser Kampf auf dem Balkan, F. Bruckmann Verlag, München, 1942, str. 96/97.

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