During the 1950s, the Soviets used a puppet government installed in the nation of Hungary, to rule with an iron fist. Tens of thousands of Hungarians were murdered during the “purges.”
A group of demonstrators gathered at the Radio Budapest building with the intention to seize the airwaves — demanding both free elections and the removal of Soviet troops from their country.
Unbeknownst to them, waiting inside the doors of that building were the secret police. As the demonstrators forced their way in, scores of them were arrested or shot.
This action further incited the citizenry, and thousands more soon showed up at the scene. And then an ambulance arrived…
Everything Is About to Change
The demonstrators noticed that the ambulance driver acted nervous. He claimed he arrived to treat injured people inside the Radio Budapest building.
Suspicious, the demonstrators threw open the ambulance doors to find the vehicle loaded with weapons for the secret police.
Enraged, the demonstrators armed themselves with the weapons intended for the secret police. And with that, the Hungarian Revolution began on October 23, 1956.
In response, the Soviets sent 31,500 troops and 1,130 tanks and other heavy guns, anticipating quickly quelling the uprising.
Realizing that the Corvin Passage was vital to their defense, the Hungarians quickly fortified the area — taking up firing positions to fight the tanks.
The narrow streets of the Corvin Passage and the high-rise buildings proved to be a nightmare for the Soviet heavy machinery.
The Hungarians were everywhere and the tanks couldn’t navigate the streets with any degree of efficiency.
Fire rained down on the tanks from the windows above, and many of the tanks were soon turned into columns of flame.
The success in taking out one of the premier armored vehicles in the world emboldened the Hungarians.
The Soviets weren’t invincible after all…
On October 25, thousands of unarmed civilians — including women and children — arrived at the Hungarian parliament building to protest the presence of the invading Soviet troops.
Soviets appeared with machine guns and opened fire on the crowd. An estimated 600 Hungarians ended up dead.
This further ignited the Hungarians to join the fight.
Heavy artillery fire rained down on the Corvin Passage, and the fighting was intense. Still, the Hungarians made it so that the Corvin Passage couldn’t be taken.
The End of the Revolution
Eventually, the Soviets realized that the battle for the Corvin Passage was over. They’d lost too many men and tanks. They needed to regroup.
They retreated from the area on October 29. They returned in even greater numbers in a matter of days and eventually won the war.
For the Hungarians, however, the Battle of Corvin Passage would forever be memorialized as a moment of heroism in pursuit of freedom.
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History repeats itself. Things like this that happened pre WW1 & WW2 are relevant today. The evil in human form will always try to destroy good and free people!
I Really enjoy these articles. Keep them coming ! Better to die on your feet than live on your knees. The men and women who have fought and died to protect our freedom demand we never back down. Even in the face of impossible odds. May God bless our nation and never turn His face from us.
Glad you liked it!
Great read. Keep them coming
Thanks Dylan! I think knowing about these stories is a big dill-an am glad to get the opportunity to write about them. Glad you like 'em.
My grandfather was Hungarian, but he passed before I was born. I know little of the history. He did his cumpulsory military duty and then emigrated to the US. Hungary was dominated by Austria in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. He would not let my uncle, my Dad's brother, join the Boy Scouts because they wore a uniform and he had been poorly treated as a soldier.
I always enjoy the history stories. Keep them coming please.
I'm happy to pars-on another story like this. Thank you, Jim for your support.
Worked with a gentleman who fled Hungary after this battle. His name was Csaba (pronounced Chaw - Vaw). Both he and his older brother were in the Resistance, and his brother was one of those killed during this battle. He passed away in 2001, but I'll never forget the rage I saw in his face or his hatred for Communists.
Great account of the Corbin Passage. Quite interesting.
Thanks David. Glad you liked it. They really had to take on a Goliath of an enemy here.
Ya I liked the Budapest story.
Keep them coming
Gosh I love history that I never was aware off.
Thank you for your kind words, Len. I get Chel-ious every time I see somebody eating a cheeseburger.
I like these stories
I like your comment.