War with Czechoslovakia
The same day Hungary joined the Axis, on 2nd January 1936, I DOWed Czechoslovakia. Germany did the same. Unfortunately, Poland activated their guarantee of independence and DOWed the Axis. Luckily, the Western Democracies did not act - it was Germany-Hungary vs. Poland-Czechoslovakia.
As anticipated, the Czechs poured into Hungary, occupying Miskolc and Debrecen immediately. Both cities were lost on the 11th of January. But the defense built up in Győr-Budapest-Szeged seemed solid, so far. In the meanwhile, in the west, the Germans were ready for their offensive.
Czech advance in Hungary - 11st January, 1936
By the middle of January, Germany liberated Danzig and occupied Prague. The Czech capital was moved to Pozsony (Bratislava). In Hungary, Szombathelyi’s 1st Infantry Corps repelled multiple attacks on Szeged. Now, it was time for the Hungarian counter-attack…
Jány’s 3rd Infantry Corps launched an attack on the poorly defended capital, Pozsony (Bratislava), with support from Bajnóczy’s 2nd Infantry Corps from Budapest. Pozsony was liberated on the 21st January. Huge piles of resources of fell into the hands of the Hungarians.
A few days later Szombathelyi’s 1st Infantry Corps attacked Czech forces Miskolc. With the support of Bajnóczy from Budapest, Miskolc was liberated on the 24th January.
Hungarian counter attack - 24th January, 1936
On 25th January the Czechs suddenly offered peace. Their offer was extremely generous: Pozsony (Bratislava), Besztercebánya (Banska Bystrica), Kassa (Kosice) and Kárpátalja (Presov) to Hungary, and Liberec and Usti to Germany. It seems it was more a Czech than a Slovak delegation . I accepted the offer: Felvidék* had been returned to the Kingdom of Hungary. The war with Czechoslovakia had ended, attention was turned towards the battlefields of Poland...
The Czech peace offer - 25th January, 1936
Hungary after the peace offer - 25th January, 1936
*: "Felvidék" is the Hungarian name for the southern part of Slovakia