-Irony-

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The national uprising against communism in Hungary was viciously crushed by Soviet tanks and troops on November 4, 1956.

Thousands were killed and wounded and nearly a quarter-million Hungarians fled their country.


The day of the invasion, Zoltan and other college students were conscripted border guards.

I remember his telling of listening to the radio as the Russian tanks approached. And he said to me something like, “Rifles with one bullet each told us the odds of survival were slim.”

There is more to his part of the irony, but he ended up in Canada and eventually became a US citizen.

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I had just finished a year of electronics training at the Army Security Agency school at Ft. Devens, MA.

A small crew of us were sent to the Pentagon to install some special equipment, but didn’t know the full scope of the project.

While in the communications center, we listened to radio transmissions between Russian tanks and their control center as they moved across the border and did their sweep of the country.

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My son’s future father-in-law was part of the student led Hungarian Revolution crushed by the Russians.

It’s possible that I heard a transmission of the tank activity at or near where he and his fellow students had one bullet each to fight with.


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