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War Museum in Helsinki

Post by arlovi31 » 13 Oct 2003 08:17

When I went to the War Museum in Helsinki in August this year there was an exhibition in one room about the Hungarian volunteers. Many photos, medals, uniforms etc... I'll try to find the docs I took concerning them.

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Post by Harri » 02 Jun 2004 19:03

I found these links on Mátyás Pirity: ... glish.html

They handle his life and career and contain also photos on him.

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Post by Csaba Becze » 03 Jun 2004 09:19


The first link is not correct exactly: Pirity's book was published, but just in a limited number (by the Hungarian Flying Association in 1997)

Some months ago I got more than one hundred wartime photos from a fighter pilot's widow, and I found among them more than 10 about Pirity...

Actually, about Kémeri-Nagy: an old professor said me once, that he joined to the Arrow Cross movement in late war period, but I found in a document, that he passed away before 1944, so my former post is presumably wrong about him.

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Post by Harri » 06 Jun 2004 22:01

Thank you for this information, Csaba. :)

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Re: Questions about Hungarian volunteers for Finland 1939-1940

Post by Seppo Koivisto » 17 Dec 2019 22:22

Finnish translation of Pirity's memoirs in Finland was published in the book Finland Suomi 100 : language, culture, history, page 495. ... _final.pdf
Hungarian pilots in the Winter War – memories of lieutenant Mátyás Pirity
During the Finnish-Soviet Winter War in 1939–1940, there were two Hungarian
pilots in the Finnish Air Force. One of them, ensign Vilmos Békássy (1909–1940) died
during the war, but lieutenant Mátyás Pirity (1911–2003) survived and wrote an amazing
memoire in the 80’s, in Australia where he lived as a political refugee. The manuscript
was published in Hungarian privately in only 10 copies. This article consists of
the Finnish translation of the chapters of Pirity’s book that covers the Winter War and
an introduction with the background information to the memoire and the two pilots as
well. The details in the memoire were checked using archival documents and Finnish
articles on the topic.

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