pavle wrote:And how about the Hungarian(paramilitary) Vannay battalion made up of municipal workers(Budapest locals)??
The Vanny battalion was raised from scratch from October 1944 by Lt. Col Laszlo Vannay, and consisted of firefighters, sewer workers, postal workers and other municipal workers. Their knowledge of tunnels and culverts would be indispensable in urban/city fighting. It was officially named the "Hungarian Royal Vannay Flying Squad Battalion" on the 22nd of December, 1944. The unit worked on an "uncle system", where a teenager was attached to two men over 35 years of age, who trained them. To get food and supplies, Vannay took several businesses into "protective custody". The Vanny Battalion had its own security section of approximately 10 men, commanded by Captain Ferenc Gyulay-Molnar, whose task was to execute captured deserters and Soviet soldiers caught in civilian clothes."
Krisztián Ungváry, John Lukacs, Ladislaus Löb, "The Siege of Budapest: One Hundred Days in World War II", Yale University Press, 2006, p. 104-105.