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The Carpathian Army Group in 1941.
The Carpathian Army Group was formed with the 1st Mountain Brigade (Munkács), the 8th Border Guards Brigade (Munkács) and the Mobile Corps (Gyorshadtest), consisting of the 1st Motorized Rifle Brigade (Budapest), the 2nd Motorized Rifle Brigade (Munkacs) and the 1st Cavalry Brigade (Nyiregyháza). The Mobile Corps started the campaign with eighty-one 38M Toldi II light tanks, forty-eight 39M Csaba armored cars and sixty 35M Ansaldo tankettes. General Ferenc Szombathelyi, commander of the VIII Corps, now became the Army Group’s new commander; General Bela Miklos, was the commander of the Mobile Corps.
Elements of the 8th Border Guards Brigade began advancing on June 27th. Their first task was to clear the passes over the Carpathian mountain range. The 8th Frontier Guard Brigade reinforced with the II and VIII Bicycle Battalions and two horse drawn artillery batteries of the II/24th Artillery Regiment advanced through the Uszok, Vereczko and Toronya passes. The bicycle mounted infantry advanced rapidly and took the towns of Turka, Beskid and Vyazkov within a day or so. Soviet forces conducted several strong counter attacks, but the Hungarians manage to beat them back. The two Bicycle Battalions quickly outpaced the foot infantry, crossed the Dniester River on July 6th and advanced as far as Tluste just north of Zaleszezyki. On June 28, in the morning, the bulk of the Army Group went to the general attack without the concentration of the Mobile Corps was completed. On June 28, in the morning, the bulk of the Army Group went to the general attack without the concentration of the Mobile Corps was completed.
The Mobile Corps provisionally with only with the 2nd Motorized Rifle Brigade and the 1st Mountain Brigade, crawled through difficult mountainous terrain against stubborn Russian resistance. The Motorized Brigade attacked along the road through the valley; the Mountain Brigade advanced on the heights on both sides. The demolitions carried out mercilessly on the only route leading forward, Körösmezö-Tatarow-Delatyn and the minefields emplaced in the upper valley of the Prut aggravated the movements; therefore the Motorized Brigade could not carry out any mobile operation.
The Mobile Corps won only 10 kilometers in four days and on July 1 reached the heavily defended Tatarow. However, progress was made easier because north of Mikuliczyn only few bridges had been destroyed. The 2nd Motorized Rifle Brigade already took Delatyn on July 02 and Kolomea on July 03.
Source: Die im ungarischen Truppen Russland-Feldzug 1941. Allgemeine Schweizerische Militärzeitschrift: ASMZ. 126 (1960). Heft 10.
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