Hungarian Ground Forces

Hungarian Ground Forces
Magyar Szárazföldi Haderő
War Flag of Hungary.svg
Country  Hungary
Allegiance Hungarian Defence Forces
Branch Ground Forces
Part of Hungarian Defence Forces
Garrison/HQ Székesfehérvár
Colors       Red, White and Green
Anniversaries 29 September
Lieutenant General Dr Gábor Böröndi

The Hungarian Ground Forces are one of the branches of the Hungarian Defence Forces. It is the army which handles Ground activities and troops including artillery, tanks, APC's, IFV's and ground support. Hungary's Ground forces served in Iraq, and are currently in service in Afghanistan and KFOR.

Previous Hungarian ground forces have included the Royal Hungarian Landwehr, the Royal Hungarian Army and the ground force components of the Hungarian People's Army. Hungary was supported by the Soviet Union during the Cold War, and a member of the Warsaw Pact. Since the Soviet Union's fall in 1991, Hungary reduced numbers of tanks and troops, and closed garrisons. The Hungarian Army now deals with national security, peacekeeping and international conflicts. Hungary joined NATO in 1999.


In 1963, the Ground Forces included the 5th Army of Hungary, formed in 1961, at Székesfehérvár. This formation included the 7th Motor Rifle Division at Kiskunfélegyháza, the 8th Motor Rifle Division at Zalaegerszeg, the 9th Motor Rifle Division at Kaposvár, and the 11th Tank Division at Tata. This Formation also included the 34th Special Reconnaissance Battalion at Székesfehérvár, which was also a sub unit of the 5th Army. The other big combat formation of the Ground Forces were the 3rd Army Corps at Cegléd (with the 4th Motor Rifle Division at Gyöngyös and the 15th Motor Rifle Division at Nyíregyháza).[1]

Michael Holm writes that the 3rd Army Corps at Cegléd, Military Unit Number 6639, (see hu:3. Hadtest, with the 66th Communications Battalion and 3rd Security Battalion both at Cegled, 4th Motor Rifle Division at Gyöngyös and the 15th Motor Rifle Division at Nyíregyháza) was established on 1 November 1966, and was identically organised in 1970 and 1980, but by 1988 was reorganised to consist of four mechanised infantry, one tank brigades, and one artillery brigade and three artillery regiments (AA Missile; Anti-Aircraft Artillery; and Anti-Tank Artillery), plus other smaller units.[2]

With the fall of the Warsaw Pact both 5th Army and the 3rd Mechanised Corps were disbanded in 1991.


As of 2020, the main combat formations of the HDF Land Command are:

  • 1st Explosive Ordnance Disposal and River Flotilla Regiment "Honvéd", at Újpest military port in Budapest[3]
    • 1st Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company
    • Special Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company
    • River Flotilla
    • Explosive Ordnance Disposal K-9 Company
    • Logistics Company
    • Logistics Battalion
    • Training Company
  • 2nd Special Forces Brigade "vitéz Árpád Bertalan", in Szolnok Air Base[4]
  • 5th Infantry Brigade "István Bocskai", in Debrecen[5]
    • Command Company, in Debrecen
    • 3rd Infantry Battalion "Miklós Bercsényi", in Hódmezővásárhely, with BTR-80 APCs
    • 39th Infantry Battalion in Debrecen, with BTR-80 APCs
    • 62nd Infantry Battalion in Hódmezővásárhely, with BTR-80 APCs
    • Operations Support Engineer Battalion, in Debrecen
    • Logistics Battalion, in Debrecen
    • Combat Engineer Company, in Debrecen
    • Signal Company, in Debrecen
  • 24th Reconnaissance Regiment "Gergely Bornemissza" in Debrecen[6]
    • Command and Signal Company, in Debrecen
    • Reconnaissance Company in Debrecen
    • Long-Range Reconnaissance Company in Debrecen
    • Tactical Intelligence (HUMINT) Company in Debrecen
    • Electronic Warfare Company in Debrecen
    • Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Company in Debrecen
    • Logistics Company
  • 25th Infantry Brigade "György Klapka", in Tata[7]
  • 37th Engineer Regiment "Ferenc Rákóczi II", in Szentes[9]
    • Command Support Platoon, in Szentes
    • Bridge Building Battalion, in Szentes
    • Low Water Bridge Building Company, in Szentes
    • Water Purification Company, in Szentes
    • Construction Engineer Company, in Szentes
    • Training Company, in Szentes
  • 43rd Signal and Command Support Regiment "József Nagysándor", in Székesfehérvár[10]
    • Command and Guard Company
    • Combat Command Main C4I Centre
    • Transdanubian Signal and C4I Centre
    • Lowland Signal and C4I Centre, at Szolnok Air Base
    • Signal Battalion
    • Logistics Battalion
  • 93rd CBRN defense Battalion "Sándor Petőfi", in Székesfehérvár[11]
    • Command Company
    • CBRN-decontaminating Company
    • CBRN-reconnaissance Company
    • CBRN-support Company
    • Support Company


Ranks and insignia

See also


  1. ^ "Order of battle of the Hungarian People's Army, 1963". 2.bp.blogspot (in Hungarian).
  2. ^ Holm, Michael. "3rd Mechanised Corps (3. Gépesített Hadtest)". Retrieved 24 November 2020.
  3. ^ "MH 1st Explosive Ordnance Disposal and River Flotilla Regiment". Honvédelem (in Hungarian).
  4. ^ "MH 2nd Special Forces Brigade". Honvédelem (in Hungarian).
  5. ^ "MH 5th Infantry Brigade". Honvédelem (in Hungarian).
  6. ^ "MH 24th Reconnaissance Regiment". Honvédelem (in Hungarian).
  7. ^ "MH 25th Infantry Brigade". Honvédelem (in Hungarian).
  8. ^ a b Adamowski, Jaroslaw (December 20, 2018). "Hungary signs deal to buy dozens of tanks, howitzers from Germany's KMW". Defense News. Retrieved 4 May 2020.
  9. ^ "MH 37th Engineer Regiment". Honvédelem (in Hungarian).
  10. ^ "MH 43rd Signal and Command Support Regiment". Honvédelem (in Hungarian).
  11. ^ "MH 93. Petőfi Sándor Vegyivédelmi Zászlóalj". Honvédelem (in Hungarian).