Magyar Steel Book Review
By Ray Mehlberger
|Date of Review||March 2007||Title||Magyar Steel|
|Author||Csaba Becze||Publisher||Mushroom Model Publications|
|Format||84 pages, softbound||MSRP (USD)||$TBA|
This is the second book on armor by Mushroom Model Publications (MMP). The first book was titled “Code Name Swallow, British Sherman Tanks at Alamein” (reviewed here).
Both books are in 11 ½” x 8 ¼” soft-cover format. This new book is 84 pages long.
The book tells the story, for the first time in English, of Hungarian armor operations during WWII using both Hungarian-designed and built armored vehicles as well as German ones. The Hungarian forces fought bravely on the Eastern Front against overwhelming odds. Their German “allies” were not always supportive or friendly. The main part of the text covers operations of the 1st Field Armored Division on the River Don front in 1942/43 in support of the Germans. Other operations in WWII are also described, and the history of AFV design and production in Hungary during the relevant period is described and profusely illustrated.
The authoritative text, written by a noted Hungarian military historian, is backed up by personal accounts, photos that have never been published before and maps.
This is the story of Magyar Steel – a rarely documented aspect of WWII tank warfare. It is illustrated with 70 rare wartime black and white photos, plus two color ones. There are 78 photos, taken in museums of surviving examples of Hungarian vehicles. These are of the walk-around type. Finally, there are three maps and five data charts.
This is essential reading for military historians, tank and AFV enthusiasts and scale modelers. It sheds fascinating light on aspects of armor operations not previously described in any detail in English.