Copyright: Johanna Granville, trans., "Soviet Documents on the Hungarian Revolution, 24October - 4 November 1956,"
Cold War International History Project Bulletin
[CWIHP], no.5 (Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, Washington, DC), Spring, 1995, pp.22-23, 29-34 respectively.
Also onhttp://www.wilsoncenter.org/index.cfm?topic_id=1409&fuseaction=topics.publications&group_id=15142- p. 22 -
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(1) Report from Soviet Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs Perevertkin, October 24, 1956
SPECIAL FOLDER Top secretThe Ministry of Internal Affairs of the USSR reports on the situation on the border with theHungarian Peoples' Republic as of 8:00 a.m. October 26 [
! October 24]. In accordancewith the decision reached by the Minister of Defense of the USSR, Marshal of the SovietUnion, comrade G. K. Zhukov, the troops of the Soviet Army consisting of 128 rifle[
] divisions [
and 39 mechanized divisions began at 2:15 a.m. to cross the stateborder into the Hungarian Peoples' Republic via the points Chop, Beregovo, and Vylok.At the indicated points a tight connection was established between the officers of theborder troops of the Ministry of Internal Affairs with the headquarters [
] of the units and formations of the Soviet Army following across the border.The border units and subdivisions rendered necessary assistance to the units of theSoviet Army.The whole sector of the border with the Hungarian Peoples' Republic from 5:00 a.m. onOctober 26 [
October 24] of this year is guarded intensively by the border units, with thegoal of not permitting unpunished violations of the state border.The crossing of the border by the units of the Soviet Army continues.No incidents on the Soviet-Hungarian border were noted.Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs of the Soviet Union Perevertkin
Note: This copy incorporates spelling corrections and footnotes from Tofik M. Islamov, etal.
Sovetskii Soiuz i Vengerskii Krizis 1956 goda
(Moscow: Rosspen, 1998) and Csaba Békéset al.,
The 1956 Hungarian Revolution: A History in Documents
(Budapest and New York:Central European University Press, 2002).
The Central Committee (CC) of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU) receivedthis report the same day it was written, October 24, 1956.
The word "divisions" [
] in an error, since 128 rifle divisions and 39 mechanizeddivisions would have meant the entire Soviet army. Probably the word Perevertkin meant touse was "companies." There were around 31,500 Soviet soldiers in Hungary on October 24,drawn from five divisions in and near Hungary. See comments by Raymond Garthoff in
, no. 6/7 (winter 1995), p. 284 and Mark Kramer in the same Bulletin, p. 51.For additional statistics of Soviet troops numbers and origins, see essay by A. A. Kyrov,"Sovetskaia karatel'naia aktsiia v Vengrii," in Iu. S. Novopashin, ed.
Konflikty v poslevoennom razvitii vostochnoevropeiskikh stran
(Moscow: Institut slavianovedeniia ibalkanistiki RAN, 1997), pp. 127-128.