What was the role of Hungary in World War 2?
Hungary was an ally of Germany, with long standing traditional
ties to Germanspeaking Europe, as well as hereditary animosity with
her slavic neighbours.
She lost much of her territory as a consequence of WWI, and was
determined to regain it.
Thus, it was in her interest to support German aggression
against Czechoslovakia (since she wanted Slovakia back), against
Poland (she wanted Ruthenia back) and she needed Germanys support
against Romania (she wanted, and received, Transsyvania back). She
also participated in the aggression against Yugoslavia with
Germany, to retake the B�cs-Kiskun area. All of the areas reaten
this way had been formerly Hungarian soil, containing large
Hungarian minorities (but a majority of slavic or Romanian
Domestically, Hungary had a right wing government, replaced
during the war (october 44) by a fascist dictatorship (supported by
Germany). Her political ties was stronger with Italy than with
Germany, but Germany was the stronger party.
Having obtained her territorial demands, Hungary showed
considerably less enthusiasm for being drawn into the global
conflict. Only under hesitation did she contribute to the war in
the east, initially around 65 000 men but after German pressure she
sent about 250 000 men. In the Soviet January offensive in 43
Hungary lost 148 000 of these and her armed forces were pulled out
of the line, to serve in rear areas.
The front eventually reached the borders of Hungary, but unlike
Romania, Hungary never surrendered but fought until VE day on the
German side. Or on her own side, whichever way one wants to see
After the war Hungary was turned into a one party state under
Soviet supervision, and after the 56 revolt brought under strict
Hope that helps some
It should be taken into consideration that Hungarian citizens
wanted nothing to do with war, it was entirely political, and that
they had no choice .