Hungary Enters the War

Deborah S. Cornelius

in Hungary in World War II

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780823233434
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780823241767 | DOI:

Series: World War II: The Global, Human, and Ethical Dimension

Hungary Enters the War

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Less than three months after Teleki's suicide Hungary joined Germany in the war with the Soviet Union. But the army was woefully lacking in weapons and equipment and only a small force, the Rapid Corps, was sent to fight in Russia. Meanwhile, Hungary experienced a wartime economic boom, becoming an island of plenty in the middle of Europe. Jewish laws continued to affect society but were frequently circumvented. The Rapid Corps suffered devastating losses and the government prevailed on Germany to allow its withdrawal. Four days after Pearl Harbor, Germany declared war on the United States and pressured Hungary to follow suit. The state of war with the United States and Britain changed the whole complexion of the war; for the first time Hungarian public opinion began to consider seriously the possibility of defeat of the Axis powers and of Hungary.

Keywords: Soviet Union; Rapid Corps; wartime boom; Jewish laws; Pearl Harbor

Chapter.  15475 words. 

Subjects: Military History

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