Tuesday, May 06, 2008

The Battle of Buda

One building on the top of Castle Hill still bears the scars of the Battle of Buda which had taken more than 3 months with the Germans and the somewhat reluctant Hungarian forces dug in in the catacombs of Castle Hill and Gellért Hill, and the approaching Red Army having encircled the town. Despite being cut off of supplies and starving, the defenders refused to surrender and defended every street and house, fighting Soviet troops and tanks.

One of the local people I talked to during my visit had witnessed the battle as a young girl and had kept a day-by-day diary of the battle which she had last lost unfortunately after the war and she was still very upset by that. I had just taken the long exposure photo of Castle Hill and was still admiring the view when she said: "It is all new, you know." Having seen footage of the state of German and Russian cities just after the war, I could image that by the end of the Battle of Buda, Castle Hill must have been completely in ruins. We had quite a chat about the battle and how it had been for the people living in Budapest.

Camera: Pentax MZ-S, lens: Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 EX DG MACRO + ILFORD FP4+