István Bata

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István Bata
General Bata István.jpg
Gen. István Bata in 1955
Born5 March 1910 (1910-03-05)
Tura, Kingdom of Hungary
Died17 August 1982 (1982-08-18) (aged 72)
Budapest, Hungary
RankLieutenant General

István Bata (5 March 1910 – 17 August 1982) was a Hungarian military officer and politician who served as Minister of Defence from 1953 to 1956. During the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 he divided Budapest into three military districts and gave an order to defeat the revolution. On 26 October 1956 Bata was relieved of all of his functions. Three days later he escaped to the Soviet Union. He negotiated with János Kádár and he wanted to organize a military dictatorship after the fall of the revolution. On 16 November Bata was expelled from the party because of his Stalinist past. Later he returned to Hungary, where he worked for the Budapest Transport Company.


Political offices
Preceded by
Mihály Farkas
Minister of Defence
Succeeded by
Károly Janza