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Budapest Defense 1944
SS Cavalry Urban Lethality
292 pages; 15 chapters and 6 appendixes
Since the end of World War II a few thin volumes have been written about
the short siege of Budapest in late 1944 and early 1945. Most military
historians know little or nothing about the siege of Budapest because
they cannot read German, Hungarian, or Russian. As a result, the detailed
story of the siege of Budapest, what really happened, has never been
Many writers who attempt to write about World War II battles don’t
understand or know about the units, organizations, personalities and
details of various World War II battles. They cannot explain what
happened because they don’t understand the military aspects either. They
just reel off facts punctuated by German-hating ideological philosophies.
QuikManeuvers.com has stepped into this arena, polluted so much by
bigotry and ignorance, in order to provide easy to understand descriptions
of actual battles as the soldiers involved could have and should have
“Each German strongpoint in World War II on the Eastern Front had its own individual character and was constructed to
conform to the peculiarities of the terrain and to the importance of the sector it covered.
Though most German strongpoints were adapted for all-around defense, the main mass of fortifications and of fire
positions was concentrated along the front and on the flanks, while the fortifications in the rear were developed to a much
The basic element of the fortifications of almost all the strongpoints, including those in the populated place, was the
extensive system of trenches with open emplacements for machine gunners, riflemen, etc. Shelters and dugouts were
located in the immediate vicinity of siring positions. In many strongpoints, in addition to trenches, there were a number of
emplacements built of earth and timber with light, reinforced overhead cover. In a number of cases, houses and other
buildings were also adapted for defense. The main firing positions, however, were outside the buildings, in the streets and
even in the outskirts of the populated place.
The strongpoints were surrounded by one, two, or three rows of wire entanglements. The entanglements were reinforced
fences on tripod trestles made of stakes in winter, or of stakes driven into the ground in summer. More heavily protected
by various antipersonnel obstacles were the strongpoints on the eastern and southern approaches to the town.
Here, wire obstacles were reinforced by mines with pull-type detonators and various booby traps. The intervals between
the strongpoints, along the more probable routes of tanks and infantry, were protected by minefields.
The strongpoint system in the city of Budapest could have consisted of a layered defense beginning with a system of
fortified firing positions and fortifications calculated to delay and bleed the enemy in the first zone of defense.
The second zone of defense could have annihilated the remaining Soviet forces.
Taking full advantage of the terrain, the strongpoints of Budapest were strengthened by a natural obstacle—a river with
steep banks and numerous hills in Buda. On the Germans' western side of the Danube River in Buda a series of timber
and earth emplacements, which flanked the banks and covered the approaches to the river should have been
constructed. Such emplacements were typically connected by a continuous trench, which stretched along the bank and
merged with a network of trenches in the depth of the strongpoint zone. It should be noted that fire and communication
trenches were developed mainly along the front and on the flanks. In the rear, the trenches and firing positions did not
usually represent a continuous line. However in Budapest, multi-layered reverse slope defenses supplemented by
strongpoints featuring a perimeter defense could have annihilated the invading Soviet and Rumanian armies.”
Excerpt from Budapest Defense 1944
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Budapest Defense 1944 takes into account the terrain in and around Budapest, the units involved (nearly 100,000 Axis
troops alone) and the nature of the leadership. For example, few people realize that Fortress Budapest was commanded by
an inept SS police general, not a Waffen SS general. Budapest Defense 1944 also describes how an average or above
average Waffen SS general, experienced in Waffen SS warfighting practices, could have and should have defended
Budapest, the graveyard of the SS Cavalry Corps and the excellent 13th and Feldherrnhalle Panzer Divisions.
There is nothing like Budapest Defense 1944 available anywhere else in the world.
Discover how Budapest could have been defended through deep and layered zones of defensive Scherpunkts, aligned
so as to lure the advancing enemy into sequential killing grounds. Learn how the accumulated lethality of a labyrinth of
fortified city blocks, reverse slope defenses, mutually supporting strongpoints, and battle shaping mine fields
could have totally annihilated at least one of the Red Army fronts fighting to take Budapest. Budapest Defense 1944 is
a guidebook for defending an urban area with cunning and maneuver.