This day 75 years ago Germany occupied Hungary

German troops occupied Hungary 75 years ago today in order to prevent their Axis partner from making their own peace with the Soviet Union.

On March 18th, 1944 Adolf Hitler summoned Hungarian regent Miklós Horthy to Klessheim Castle in Austria, near Salzburg. He only had one thing to say: the next day German troops will enter Hungary.

Horthy had no choice but to accept, as Hitler backed his move by adding that should the regent (and Hungary) resist, he will also bring in Romanian, Slovak and Croatian troops - countries which all had territorial claims against Hungary. So Horthy grudgingly agreed, but never signed a paper to show this was done with his cooperation.

The following day, on March 19th, 1944 Operation Margarethe began: eight German divisions entered Hungary.