02 December 2012

SS Soldiers With Captured Hungarian War Machines in Buda Castle

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Date: Sunday, 15 October 1944
Place: Buda Castle, Budapest, Hungary
Photographer: Kriegsberichter Faupel (PK Eins.Kp. Lw.z.b.V.)

Hungary, October 15, 1944. German troops under the command of SS-Sturmbannführer Otto Skorzeny launch the Operation Panzerfaust Intended to install a government that remains loyal to Germany. The troops of SS, Luftwaffe and Heer, moving towards Buda Castle, Hill seat of Hungarian government to capture Admiral Miklós Horthy de Nagybánya. Given the intimidating Presence of Panzerkampfwagen VI Tiger II Königstiger from schwere Heeres-Panzer-Abteilung 503, the guards immediately put down all weapons and surrendered without firing their rifles and cartridge depositing on the floor! This photo, taken in the courtyard of the castle, showing SS soldiers from 22. SS-Freiwilligen-Kavallerie-Division Maria Theresa (wearing riding boots) armed With Panzerfaust, and we can see Hungarian anti-aircraft tank 40M Nimród (back) and an anti-tank gun 40mm 40M (a Hungarian copy of the 3.7cm PaK. It mounted a Škoda 40mm A17 gun) of the garrison. The 40M Nimród was a World War II Hungarian anti-aircraft tank based on a license built copy of the Swedish Luftvärnskanonvagn L-62 Anti II tank. Originally, it was intended to be used as an anti-aircraft and anti-tank weapon, but it proved to be ineffective against Soviet T-34 tanks. Therefore, it was primarily utilized against lightly armored vehicles and for air defense.

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http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10200115410189404&set=o.303273499761263&type=1&relevant_count=1&ref=nf , courtesy of Alvaro Casanova Mora

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