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József Heszlényi
File:József Vitéz Heszlényi.jpg
Born 24 July 1890 (1890-07-24)
Died 2 June 1945 (1945-06-03) (aged 54)
Place of birth Igló, Austria-Hungary (now Spišská Nová Ves, Slovakia)
Allegiance Hungary Kingdom of Hungary
Rank Lieutenant-General
Commands held Hungarian Third Army
Battles/wars World War I
World War II

József Vitéz Heszlényi (Heyszl; 24 July 1890, Igló, county – 2 June 1945) was a Hungarian General during World War II and commander of the 3rd Hungarian Army.

On May 8, 1945 Heszlényi, along with his son József Heszlényi Jr., who served on the staff of his father, were captured by American troops. Heszlényi was then sent to a POW camp in the Soviet Union where he cut his wrists with a razor blade on June 2, 1945. On June 19, 1945 a military tribunal posthumously demoted and dishonorably discharged Heszlényi from the Hungarian Army.

Military careerEdit

  • Commanding Officer 23rd Infantry Brigade, November 1938 - 1 March 1940
  • Commanding Officer 2nd Motorized Brigade, 1 March 1940 - 1 November 1940
  • Deputy Chief of Supply Bureau, Ministry of Defense, 1 November 1940 - 1 May 1941
  • Chief of Supply Bureau, Ministry of Defense (HM/III), 1 May 1941 - 1 May 1942
  • Chief of Main Supply Bureau, Ministry of Defense, 1 May 1942 - December 1942
  • G.O.C. IV. Army Corps, December 1942 - September 1944
  • Acting Commander-in-Chief, 3rd Army

AwardsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer. Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939-1945 (in German). Friedburg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas, 2000. ISBN 3-7909-0284-5.
  • Kovács, Attila Ótott (2006). Die ungarischen Inhaber des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes. Ranis: Scherzers Militaer-Verl.. ISBN 978-3-938845-02-8. 
Military offices
Preceded by
Lieutenant-General Károly Beregfy
Commander of the Hungarian Third Army
September 19, 1944 – May 8, 1945
Succeeded by
none


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