Hungarian Soldier manning a Schwarzlose Machine Gun. The Schwarzlose had been designed and built in Austria-Hungary prior to World War One. It remained in service with its successor states and Germany throughout World War Two.
Soviet soldiers engage in urban warfare with Axis Hungarian and German forces during the Siege of Budapest. Part of the broader Budapest Offensive, the siege began when Budapest, defended by Hungarian and German forces, was first encircled on 29 December 1944 by the Soviet Army and the Romanian Army (Romania had switched sides in the war following a coup d’état in August 1944 that ousted the pro-Axis government of Ion Antonescu). The siege ended when the Hungarians and Germans unconditionally surrendered the city on 13 February 1945. It was a strategic victory for the Allies in their push towards Berlin. Budapest, Hungary. January 1945.