Ministry of Defence (Hungary)

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The Minister of Defence of Hungary (Hungarian: Magyarország honvédelmi minisztere) is a member of the Hungarian cabinet and the head of the Ministry of Defence. The defence minister appointed the Chief of Army Staff to the head of the Hungarian military (Magyar Honvédség). The current minister is Csaba Hende.

This position was called Minister of War during two short period of the Hungarian history: at the time of the Hungarian Revolution of 1848 and during a very short chaotic term (less than two years), when three political transformations took place.

This page is a list of Ministers of Defence of Hungary.

Ministers of War, 1848-1849[edit]

Lázár Mészáros
Artúr Görgey
Lajos Aulich
Béla Szende
Géza Fejérváry
Sándor Szurmay
Gyula Gömbös
Imre Szekeres

Hungarian Revolution of 1848[edit]

Minister Began Ended
Lajos Batthyány 7 April 1848 23 May 1848
Lázár Mészáros 23 May 1848 6 May 1849
Artúr Görgey 6 May 1849 5 July 1849
Lajos Aulich 14 July 1849 11 August 1849

Ministers of Defence, 1867-1918[edit]

Austria-Hungary[edit]

From 1867 to 1918 there was a Honvédministerium responsible for the military of the Hungarian half of Austria-Hungary and a Ministry of Defence for the military of the Austrian half, along with a Ministry of War with responsibility for Austria-Hungary as a whole.

Minister Began Ended
Gyula Andrássy 17 February 1867 14 November 1871
Menyhért Lónyay 14 November 1871 4 December 1872
József Szlávy 4 December 1872 15 December 1872
Béla Szende 15 December 1872 18 August 1882
Gedeon Ráday 19 August 1882 26 December 1883
Béla Orczy 2 January 1884 28 October 1884
Géza Fejérváry 28 October 1884 27 June 1903
Dezső Kolossváry 27 June 1903 3 November 1903
Sándor Nyiri 3 November 1903 18 June 1905
Ferenc Bihar 18 June 1905 8 April 1906
Sándor Wekerle 8 April 1906 14 April 1906
Lajos Jekelfalussy 14 April 1906 16 January 1910
Samu Hazai 17 January 1910 19 February 1917
Sándor Szurmay 19 February 1917 31 October 1918

Ministers of War, 1918-1920[edit]

Hungarian Democratic Republic (1918-1919)[edit]

Minister Began Ended
Béla Linder 31 October 1918 9 November 1918
Albert Bartha 9 November 1918 12 December 1918
Sándor Festetics 29 December 1918 18 January 1919
Vilmos Böhm 18 January 1919 21 March 1919

Hungarian Soviet Republic[edit]

Minister Began Ended
József Haubrich 21 March 1919 24 June 1919
Vilmos Böhm 24 June 1919 31 July 1919
József Haubrich 1 August 1919 6 August 1919

Counter-revolutionary Government[edit]

Minister Began Ended
Zoltán Szabó 5 May 1919 31 May 1919
Miklós Horthy 31 May 1919 12 July 1919
Ferenc Schnetzer 15 August 1919 24 September 1919
István Friedrich 24 November 1919 15 March 1920

Ministers of Defence, 1920-present[edit]

Regency[edit]

Minister Began Ended
Károly Soós 15 March 1920 19 July 1920
István Sréter 19 July 1920 16 December 1920
Sándor Belitska 16 December 1920 28 June 1923
Károly Csáky 28 June 1923 10 October 1929
Gyula Gömbös 10 November 1929 2 September 1936
Miklós Kozma 14 May 1936 7 August 1936
József Somkuthy 2 September 1936 6 October 1936
Vilmos Rőder 12 October 1936 14 May 1938
Jenő Rátz 14 May 1938 15 November 1938
Károly Bartha 15 November 1938 24 September 1942
Vilmos Nagy 24 September 1942 12 June 1943
Lajos Csatay 12 June 1943 16 October 1944
Károly Beregfy 16 October 1944 27 March 1945
János Vörös 22 December 1944 15 November 1945
Jenő Tombor 15 November 1945 4 February 1946

Second Hungarian Republic[edit]

Minister Began Ended
Jenő Tombor 4 February 1946 25 July 1946
Ferenc Nagy 9 August 1946 21 August 1946
Albert Bartha 21 August 1946 14 March 1947
Lajos Dinnyés 14 March 1947 24 September 1947
Péter Veres 24 September 1947 9 September 1948

People's Republic of Hungary[edit]

Minister Began Ended
Mihály Farkas 9 September 1948 2 July 1953
István Bata 4 July 1953 26 October 1956
Károly Janza 26 October 1956 2 November 1956
Pál Maléter 2 November 1956 4 November 1956
Ferenc Münnich 12 November 1956 1 March 1957
Géza Révész 1 March 1957 17 May 1960
Lajos Czinege 17 May 1960 6 December 1984
István Oláh 6 December 1984 15 December 1985
Ferenc Kárpáti 30 December 1985 23 May 1990

Third Hungarian Republic[edit]

Minister Began Ended
Lajos Für 23 May 1990 15 July 1994
György Keleti 15 July 1994 8 July 1998
János Szabó 8 July 1998 27 May 2002
Ferenc Juhász 27 May 2002 9 June 2006
Imre Szekeres 9 June 2006 29 May 2010
Csaba Hende 29 May 2010 Incumbent

See also[edit]