March 1 1945: ,,Hungária” is ordered to a local freight station to load onto trains that will take them to Bayreuth. They pass through Dresden which had been recently bombed. They reach their destination roughly six days after first loading onto the trains
Early March 1945: ,,Hungaria” and its main divisional command post is near Beyrouth in Neumarkt(32). Training continues. The ,,Hunyadi” artillery men experience live firing but ,,Hungaria” artillery men just walk around their accommodation and only infantry start their elementary training because of the large number of recruits. The unit training is based on individual initiative- using what resources they have – the division continues not to receive its specified armament.
March 10 1945: ,,Hungaria" and ,,Hunyadi" now receive more than 5,000rifles, 300 machineguns, 100 MG-42 machine guns, 50 81mmgrenade launcher, and 3000panzerfausts.
March 14 1945: Grassy writes a letter to the local Gualeiter (Gualeiter Giesler) after complaints of missing animals, empty milk churns and the trampling of crops.
March 17 1945: The 26. (2. Hungarian) artillery group consists of 17 horses, six motor vehicles and a motorcycle along with 336 men. It has very little equipment and no artillery pieces.
March 19 1945: Maack is ordered by SS headquaters to take over the command of 20 SS (1 Estonian) Waffen grenadier division.
March 20 1945: Maack leaves for his new command.
March 21 1945: Due to a lack of suitable candidates Grassy becomes commander of 26. SS Division ,,Hungaria”
March 23 1945: Minister of Defence Károly Beregfy visit’s the Hungarian SS divisions along with Obergruppenfuhrer Hans Juttner, Brigadefuhrer Heinz Fanslau and General of Artillery Keiner (during the visit Beregfy makes a complaint to the Germans concerning the lack of equipment.) A parade ground of sorts is made along with a viewing stand. Hungarian and German flags are flown along the road that leads to the area chosen for the parade. They arrive at approximately 15.00. They were greeted by Grassy wearing a steel helmet and with sword drawn. Members of ,,Hunyadi" & ,,Hungaria" are formed up for inspection (the rear ranks having no rifles but only side arms). After some speaches awards are given to members of the Alarm Regiment which fought at Neuhammer.
Sometime around this a date a order is issued from SS Headquarters that ,Hungaria" and ,,Hunyadi" are to be made combat ready by 1st May 1945.
April 1944: 100 Hungarian Officer Candidates after completing their training course at SS NCO School Radolfzell rejoin the 25th and 26th divisions
,,Hungária” stays until early April in the Nürnberg and Bayreuth area when it is decided to move to Steyr in Austria.
April 1 1945: Men from the ,,Hunyadi” engineer battalion prepare anti tank traps and other obstacles on the Naab river, they are helped by 200 men from ,,Hungaria”.
On this day General der Infanterie Weisenberger calls for assistance from ,,Hunyadi", ,,Hungaria", ,,Kossuth" and men from the NCO Training school ,,Jutas" to help defend military district XIII.
April 6 1945(approxmately): Men from 26. Division ,,Hungaria" attempt to destroy a bridge over the river Naab in Upper Palatinate, Bavaria, The attempt fails and the unit retreats allowing the Americans to capture the bridge intact.
April 9 1945: Due to lack of equipment the decision is taken that ,,Hungaria” is to be disbanded and the troops dispersed to other units.
April 10 1945: The troops in ,,Hungaria” are told of the decision to disband the division.
April 11 1945: Just before midnight the troops from ,,Hungaria" are told of plans for the division to move to Styr to be equipped.
April 12 1945: Written orders issued by Grassy announce that ,,Hunyadi” and ,,Hungaria” should share commander
The Hungarian SS starts to move from the Nurnberg area towards Styr.
April 13 1945: the SS 26 (2. Hungarian) ,,Hungaria” Waffen – grenadier divisions independent story comes to an end, however one part of the division is divided into companies for other corps. The SS 26 (2. Hungarian) Waffen grenadier division (107 days old from formation) is dissolved by the Germans. The German intention is to divide the division among other corps but the Hungarians want it to stop together so the German plan is not carried out so ,,Hungaria” is absorbed into ,,Hunyadi” and it is regarded as an existing division. The ,,Hungaria" division by evening is near Neustadt an der Donau.
A kampfgruppe is formed from ,,Hungaria” soldiers from the Pioneer battalion stationed at the Koenigsfelder barracks and is deployed near Menin (the kampfgruppe stay in the area until May 8 1945)
April 14 – 17 1945: ,,Hungaria” marches to the north west of Regensburg and on the 17th reach the river Danube. On the 17th the course in Prague is stopped and the members of ,,Hungaria" are sent back to their division.
April 16 1945: The men from the ,Hungaria" pioneer battalion move to Brunn and take part in fighting around the centre of the city (including around the railway station). Only 11 men survive out of the 25 who start the fighting.
April 19 1945: The men from the Junkerschule in Prague return to ,,Hungaria” as Waffen Standartenoberjunker
April 21-25 1945: Men from a Hungarian SS unit (possibly from ,,Hungaria") take part in fighting in the forests around Harburg against the British 7th Armoured division and are eventually surrender on the 25th April
April 23 1945: Men from ,,Hungaria” cross the river Danube.
April 25 1945: A detachment from 26. Artillery under Sturmbannfuhrer Varnay(33)is in action supporting 38. SS Division ,,Nibelungen” south west of Regensburg against American forces, this continues until April 28.
April 25/28 1945: A Field Police detachment from ,,Hungaria” assist the Pioneer Battalion from ,,Hunyadi” which is in Passau.
April 28 1945: After firing their last round the men from 26. Artillery destroy their cannon and eventually rejoin ,,Hungaria".
April 29 1945: The Field Police detachment from ,,Hungaria” leave Passau.
End April 1945: A detachment of field police from ,,Hungaria" perform a feldjaeger role in the forests of Bavaria looking for German stragglers.
Early May 1945: A detachment of men from ""Hungaria" under German officers defend a cross roads near Ried-Voklabruck against American forces.
May 3 1945: A kampfgruppe formed from ,,Hungaria” and other Hungarian SS units is in action between Tied Im Innkruis and St Martin in Austria and destroys 2 or 3 American tanks May 6 1945: The 1. grenadier regiment (waffen SS nr-61) and the 2. pioneer battalion (waffen ss nr-26) are marching towards St Konrad and Mühldorf when in the early afternoon they learn of the end of the war from American troops nearby. They 2 regiments destroy as many weapons as possible so they do not fall into American hands.
András Podhradszky and Gerő Temesváry sign the surrender document. The Hungarian SS Headquarters stay in the Attersee area until June 1945 helping the US forces with sorting out the surrender and dispersal of the Hungarian troops. The soldiers of the Hungarian SS Units are ordered to collect their soldbuchs. Around 1/3 of the Hungarian SS soldiers surrender to US forces with the rest mixing with refugees. Over the next few days most of the remaining Hungarian SS soldiers are rounded up by US forces.
June 1945: Members of 26 SS Pioneer battalion are at work around Linz railway station. They are cleaning up the debris and replacing damaged rails. After a while the American drivers allow the Hungarians to drive the trucks (which are escorted by 3 jeeps) while they rested in the cabs along side the drivers. The troops receive good rations while doing this work according to veterans.
September 22 1945: Officers from ,,Hunyadi" and ,,Hungaria" learn that theCICandtheAmericanOSS arelooking for ahigh-rankingcommandersandgeneral staffofficers. On hearing this they decide to leave the area. (34) September 23 1945: Members of ,,Hunagria" billeted in the areas around Mühldorf and Grünau Viechtwang are rounded up by American troops, Austrian police and locals. The plan being to return the troops to Hungary. Before being loaded onto trucks for the journey to Steyr the troops are searched and contents of bags are emptied onto the street. The men are given a loaf of bread to share between 2 people and also a blanket each. As the trunks move off, the locals retrive the items dumped in the street (much to the amusment of the American troops) After reaching Steyr the trucks proceed to GmundenandVöcklabruckstationsto put the men into wagons. However there are not enough wagons and some men are returned toGrünau
32March 15 1945 is mentioned in a ,,Hungaria" veterans memoirs. ,,Hungaria” is based in the towns of Labersricht, Laabor, Lippertshoren, Pettenhofen, Lauterhofen, Utzerhofen, Pffaffenhofen, Kastly, Winkly, Hausen, Pielenhofen and others.
33The origin of the artillery members is somewhat confused. Most sources state they came from 1 battalion but 1 source states it was from the medium artillery battalion. 34The OSSandCIC arrest Adam Podhradszky from the ,,Hunyadi" division and give him back to the Hungarian authorities. He is eventually taken to court and although it is proven that he did not come to theDivision voluntarily, but was transferred by direct command of the Secretaryof Defense. At first he is sentenced toeight in prison but this is later increased to15years ofcaptivity.
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