After serving as the Vancouver Chapter Leader of the World Federation of Hungarian Veterans from 1998 until 2008, Peter Czink decided he could better serve the interests of Hungary and the English speaking world by founding the International Hungarian Military History Preservation Society.
The IHMHPS is apolitical, and welcomes everyone. Our mission is to facilitate English speaking people in the scientific study of Hungarian military history, while promoting the importance of national defence, peace-keeping, honourable traditions and camaraderie. The IHMHPS promotes this important subject to military enthusiasts, fosters a closer relationship between the descendants of emigrants and official Hungarian military and historical institutions, encourages the preservation and conservation of historical artefacts, and supports scientific and academic projects connected with Hungarian military history.
The terrible devastation of the First World War left countless widows and orphans in its wake. While Hungary reeled from the loss of almost an entire generation of young men, the cruel Treaty of Trianon ensured that her recovery would be impossible. The thousands of surviving soldiers who returned from the fronts eventually organized themselves into a group known as the National Front-Line Fighters’ Association (Országos Frontharcos Szövetség) on December 24th, 1931. Their mission was to help their disabled comrades, the widows and orphans; and to educate Europeans about the catastrophic war.
Unlike many such organizations, the members acted as ambassadors of peace; closely working with veterans’ groups from England and France - their former enemies. Female nursing personnel and veterans from all religions were welcome in this association, and all members, from generals to the lowest ranks, were considered equals. These veterans, with their distinctive green felt helmets marched proudly and peacefully to protest the unjust Treaty of Trianon throughout the 1930s, and were some of the first Hungarians to enter the reclaimed territories before the Second World War. In September of 1939 the name was given a slightly more Hungarian flavour Magyar Tüzharcos Szövetség and continued serving the interests of the veterans and their families until the end of WWII.
Are you looking for Hungarian military records of a family member?
For a soldier that served, was wounded, killed or taken prisoner in WW II, write (in Hungarian) to:
Hadtörténeti Intézet és Múzeum Központi Irattár
1076 Budapest, Verseny u. 12. Hungary
For WW I records (for personnel born before 1900), you can write in English (but Hungarian is preferred) to:
Hadtörténeti Intézet és Múzeum Hadtörténelmi Levéltár
1014 Budapest Kapisztrán tér 2 - 4. Hungary
Magyar nyelvű kérdéseikkel, kérem, forduljanak
v. Laborc Péterhez, az IHMHPS magyarországi elnök-helyettese
Fragen, in Deutscher Sprache beantwortet Ihnen gerne
Vizeleutnant Manfred Winter Vizepräsident der IHMHPS in Österreich
Cергей Слакаев, Вице-президент Международного Венгерского
Военно-исторического общества в России.
Sergey Slakaev, IHMHPS Vice-President Russian Federation
1967.X.20. - 2014.VII.15.