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Forgotten Heroes - Aces Of The Royal Hungarian Air Force in WWII - Helion & Company via Casemate UK

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Forgotten Heroes

Aces Of The Royal Hungarian Air Force in WWII

ISBN : 9781911512684

Helion & Company via Casemate UK

 

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Hungary was caught at the end of WWI on the wrong side and was treated harshly by the Allies. Under the 1920 treaty of Trianon they lost nearly half their population and more than 60% of their territory to hostile boarding nations. Which is the reason the joined the Axis forces in WWII, however it would seem they chose the wrong side again! During WWII The Hungarian Air Force would fight both the Soviets and the Western Allies, mainly the Americans. 

 

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The book looks at the 38 Hungarian Air Aces of WWII. These men fought gallantly against heavy odds, then after WWII the new Communist regime would then turn against them. The book is 448 pages long with over 300 black and white photos many of which are rare and previously unpublished. There are 14 pages of period colour photos, and 50 tables of information as well. The Author has worked from mostly unpublished primary source material from archives in Hungary, Russia, and the USA.  The author also had access to private documents from the families of the Aces.  The book also covers important related aspects of the air war including how victories were confirmed, tactics, and awards obtained by these men. In his 23 year of research and writing the author has produced what can only be seen as the most complete work on this subject we are ever likely to see. 

 

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Conclusion

This book should provide readers with a more complete understanding of the largely forgotten Aces of the Royal Hungarian Air Force, and in part this countries air war in WWII. 

 

Highly Recommended.

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