HDF 34th Bercsényi László Special Forces Battalion

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HDF 34th Bercsényi László Special Forces Battalion
MH 34. Bercsényi László Különleges Műveleti Zászlóalj.jpg
Emblem of the 34th Bercsényi László Special Forces Battalion
Active1959 -
CountryHungary
BranchEmblem of the Hungarian Defence Forces.svg Hungarian Ground Forces
TypeSpecial Forces
RoleUnconventional warfare, Foreign internal defense, Special Reconnaissance, Direct action, Counter-terrorism, Counter-proliferation, Hostage rescue, Humanitarian missions
Garrison/HQSzolnok
EngagementsWar in Afghanistan

The 34th Bercsényi László Special Forces Battalion (Hungarian: MH 34. Bercsényi László Különleges Műveleti Zászlóalj, is a Battalion-sized formation of the Hungarian Defence Force special operations forces.

History[edit]

The 34th Bercsényi László Special Forces Battalion was created during the Cold War. The unit traces its origin to the World War II Royal Hungarian 1st vitéz Bertalan Árpád Parachute Battalion. The unit fought heroic against the Soviet Red Army. In 1945 the remnants of the now regiment was disbanded. In 1951 now in the Hungarian People's Army a new Parachute Battalion was created in Székesfehérvár. This unit was disbanded after the 1953 military forces reduction. After the events of the 1956th revolution a stabilization process was done. In 1957 a special purpose reconnaissance company was created. The company was enlarged to battalion level in 1962 and it was allocated to the Chief of Staffs 2nd Directorate. From the battalion separated the 27th Separate Reconnaissance Company what was a sub unit on the 5th Combined Arms Army stationed in Székesfehérvár. It served as eyes-and ears of the Army for decades. It had during this time 3 special purpose long range recon companies. In 1977 the 27th Separate Reconnaissance Company was again part of the battalion, and the battalion became the 5th Army's reconnaissance unit.

In 1990 the 34th Special Reconnaissance Battalion took on the name of László Bercsényi son of General Miklós Bercsényi.

Shoulder Sleeve Insignia of the 34th Bercsényi László Reconnaissance Battalion

In 2001 the unit moved from its garrison to its present location at Szolnok Air Base. In 2005 the United States Army's Mobile Training Team arrived to Szolnok to help transform the reconnaissance battalion to a special operations battalion. Members of the unit received "Special Forces" training.

Operators of the battalion served in War in Afghanistan along other NATO special forces units.

Merged into the MH 2nd Gallant Bertalan Árpád Special Forces Brigade in 2017

References[edit]

  • "MH 34. Bercsényi László Különleges Műveleti Zászlóalj" (in Hungarian). hm.gov.hu. 2005-03-15. Archived from the original on 2008-12-04. Retrieved 2014. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  • MH 34. Bercsényi László Különleges Műveleti Zászlóalj a honvedelem.hu portálon
  • http://2010-2014.kormany.hu/download/4/2f/31000/Honv%C3%A9delmi%20K%C3%B6zl%C3%B6ny%201.pdf#!DocumentBrowse