Forces of Valor 81510 German Sd. Kfz. 251/9 Stummel Half-Track - Unidentified Unit, Hungary, 1945 (1:32 Scale)
"We must do everything we can to promote anti-tank defense, and work just as hard to guarantee successful counter-attacks through the instrument of powerful tank forces of our own."
- Major-General Heinz Guderian, "Achtung Panzer!"
On March 31st, 1942, Bussing-Nag was ordered to develop an armored superstructure capable of mounting the 7.5cm KwK gun. In June 1942, two prototypes were sent to Russia for field tests and as a result, an order was placed for 150 units that same month. In 1944, a new mounting design was introduced which could be fitted on a number of vehicles without major modification. The 7.5cm was redesignated K51(Sf) when fitted in the new mounting.
This particular 1:32 scale replica of a German Sd. Kfz. 251/9 Stummel half-track saw action defending Hungary in 1945.
Now in stock!
Length: 7 inches
Width: 2.25 inches
Height: 2 inches
Release Date: July 2006
Historical Account: "Death Throes" - At the end of 1944, Hungary remained Germany's only satellite state, and was therefore necessary both in a political and economical sense - German industry needed the Hungarian oil wells located around the lake Balaton. On October 16th, 1944, Hungarian leader Miklos Horthy was destitute by the local nationalist party, Crossed Arrows. Any hope of a peaceful outcome for Hungary was lost - the battle would be a fight for death.
In late October, the Red Army started its offensive on Budapest. More than 1,000,000 men split into two operating maneuver groups rushing towards the city, planning to cut it off from the rest of the German and Hungarian troops.
On November 7th, 1944, Soviet troops entered Budapest's eastern suburbs, 20 kilometers from the city's old town. Curiously, very few inhabitants wanted to leave the city. On December 19th, after a necessary break in the action, the Red Army resumed its offensive. By December 26th, the road linking Budapest to Vienna was seized by the Soviet Troops, therefore encircling the city.
Budapest was a major target for Stalin. Indeed, the Yalta Conference was approaching and Stalin wanted to display his full strength to Churchill and Roosevelt. Therefore, he issued a directive to General Rodion Malinovsky, ordering him to seize the city as quickly as possible.
On December 29th, 1944, Rodion Malinovsky sent two emissaries in order to negotiate the city's capitulation. The emissaries never came back. This particular point is widely disputed by the Soviet Union, with some German and Hungarian historians arguing that the emissaries were deliberately shot down. Others believe that they were in fact shot by mistake on their way back. In any case, Soviet commanders considered this act as a refusal and ordered the start of the siege.