Been catching up on this TL now that my laptop has been repaired after I was silly enough to spill beer on it. Great stuff and I'd like to read more, but I understand that @fester is a rather busy man these days.South of Budapest, Hungary, December 18, 1944
The rifleman slowly extended his cold fingers forward. His mate tipped over the metal tea kettle. Soon the warmth flowed into the digger from the Outback. He sighed as the taste of India washed down the rest of his meal. Another day or two and the company would be pulled off the frozen front line and be able to get hot food in the battalion rear. Another day or two and he could relax slightly. Another day or two and the war would be closer to an end. Another day or two was too far too think.
A few hundred yards to the east, the Hungarian defenders shelled some fighting positions belonging to the Indian brigade that held the western most portion of the corps that was masking the 10th Army from the forces in the Hungarian capital as tens of thousands of men first rested and recovered from the fighting and then maneuvered to concentrate elsewhere to continue their advance.
Arrow Cross is in charge. The Hungarian capital is mainly being screened at the moment rather than assaulted. The rail network to the west of the city is dense and inter-connected enough that the logistics for the advancing armies don't require Budapest to function, especially as the final objective is a line between Linz, Vienna and BratislavaBeen catching up on this TL now that my laptop has been repaired after I was silly enough to spill beer on it. Great stuff and I'd like to read more, but I understand that @fester is a rather busy man these days.
I don't envy the Australians, Indians, South Africans and Yugoslavs here; the capture of Budapest was a drawn-out and bloody affair OTL. I'm curious as to the state of the Hungarian government, is Horthy still in charge or have the Germans installed the Arrow Cross party to power?