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Pages from a late 1940's "Soviet Army in Hungary" deluxe Presentation Photograph Album.

Twenty-six 20 3/8" X 13 " pages with seventy two b/w photographs from a professionally assembled presentation album created in the late 1940's to record the municipal dedications of Soviet Army war memorials in eastern Hungary. The presentation of the photographs is quite impressive. Even without the original binder, we would classify the pages as being in from good to very good condition.

Unfortunately, the original album was exposed to moisture at some point and the bottom edge (and lower right hand corner) of each page shows very old staining and minimal paper loss- which doe

Twenty-six 20 3/8" X 13 " pages with seventy two b/w photographs from a professionally assembled presentation album created in the late 1940's to record the municipal dedications of Soviet Army war memorials in eastern Hungary. The presentation of the photographs is quite impressive. Even without the original binder, we would classify the pages as being in from good to very good condition.

Unfortunately, the original album was exposed to moisture at some point and the bottom edge (and lower right hand corner) of each page shows very old staining and minimal paper loss- which does not affect the photos themselves. (The photos were undoubtedly processed in at least two or three different darkrooms and have aged differently; each of the images is still clear and readily understandable.) As might be expected, the top, bottom and right hand edges of each page display the sort of wear found on all photo albums that have been well thumbed during their lifetimes.

Each oversized gray album page has one of three different full color "water color" designs printed in the lower right hand corner. In addition to anywhere from two to four black and white photographs (some professionally done, some candid), each page also has tracery applied to it to tie everything together visually. The tracery in each case was meticulously cut out of dark gray construction paper and pasted down in a successful attempt to give each page an almost Art Deco feel.

In the left hand margin of each page, in the area that would have originally been covered by the album's spine, are pencil notations identifying where the memorials in the photos were located. Nine pages chronicle the dedication of three individual monuments in Debrecen, a major Hungarian city almost due east of Budapest around which swirled a ten day to two week long battle between the Soviet 6th Guards Tank Army under Army General Malinovskiy and elements of Army Group South under General der Infanterie Johannes Friessner. [Earl Ziemke, in his book Stalingrad to Berlin: The German Defeat in the East wrote this about the conflict near Debrecen: "The flat Hungarian plain became the scene of one of the wildest tank battles of the war."]

The remaining seventeen pages show ceremonies in four other Hungarian municipalities whose names - according to the penciled notations - appear to have been: Novy Bator, Tornalia, Rymauska, and Satu-Mare. Since most of the soldiers in the photos are clearly combat veterans (but there is little war damage in evidence), we think that this album probably dates from about 1947 or 1948.

After viewing the pages and studying the crowds and the soviet troops in the photographs, the viewer becomes aware of the fact that there is one specific Soviet officer in attendance at each one of the dedications - a major general who was a holder of at least the Order of the Patriotic War, the Order of Suvorov, the Order of the Red Star, and the Order of Bogdan Khmelnitsky. His name is unknown to us. Perhaps he was the original owner of the album. Using these pages, it would be interesting to try to discover his identity and determine if his Cold War career was as well rewarded as his service during the Great Patriotic War!
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