The Siege of Budapest
Military historian Sean Kalic of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College examines the scope and significance of the 102-day siege, which cost more than 150,000 lives. The Soviets – instructed by Josef Stalin to win at any cost – encircled and then liberated the Hungarian capital section by section. Adolf Hitler was equally adamant, forbidding German military escape.
The Soviets’ victory would have a significant impact not only on the outcome of the war, but also on the shape of Europe for the duration of the Cold War.