Miklos Horthy
Historical Figure
Nationality: Hungary (born in the Austro-Hungarian Empire)
Date of Birth: 1868
Date of Death: 1957
Cause of Death: Natural causes
Religion: Calvinism
Occupation: Author of Non-Fiction, Diplomat, Sailor
Spouse: Magdolna Purgly de Joszashley
Children: Miklos Jr, Istvan (d. 1942), Magda, Paula
Military Branch: Austro-Hungarian Navy (World War I),
Hungarian National Army
Political Office(s): Regent (head of state) of the Kingdom of Hungary
Fictional Appearances:

Miklos Horthy (18 June 1868 - 9 February 1957) styled "His Serene Highness the Regent of the Kingdom of Hungary," was an Austro-Hungarian naval officer who ascended to the position of Supreme Commander of the Austro-Hungarian fleet at the end of World War I. In 1919, following the collapse of the Dual Monarchy, he led the Hungarian National Army in its defeat of Communist revolutionary Bela Kun. In 1920, Horthy became Regent of the Kingdom of Hungary on behalf of the exiled Hapsburg king Károly IV, whom the Hungarian parliament blocked from the throne. After Károly's death in 1922, Horthy convinced Károly's son Otto von Hapsburg not to take the throne.

During World War II, Horthy brought Hungary into the war on the side of the Axis, but Adolf Hitler considered him an inadequately cooperative ally (he contributed little to the German war effort, and refused to deport Hungarian Jews). When Horthy opened up negotiations with the Allied Forces, Germany invaded Hungary in March 1944 and deposed Horthy that October, installing the Arrow Cross Party, which ruled for the duration of the war. Horthy was imprisoned in Germany until the end of the war, when he was liberated and immediately arrested by American forces. Horthy assisted the Allies in preparing evidence to be used in the upcoming war crimes tribunals against Nazi leadership, and testified against the Nazis' administrator of Hungary. In 1949, Horthy was allowed to emigrate to Portugal, where he lived out the rest of his life.

Literary comment[]

In a recurring comment, numerous characters in the following stories remark on the absurdity of an "Admiral" ruling a landlocked country.

Miklos Horthy in The Hot War[]

The Hot War
POD: November, 1950
Type of Appearance: Contemporary references throughout

After the Soviet Union occupied Hungary following World War II, communist indoctrination incorrectly claimed that Miklos Horthy was a fascist. Those who knew better kept quiet and did not correct this claim.[1]

Miklos Horthy in The War That Came Early[]

The War That Came Early
POD: July 20, 1936;
Relevant POD: September 29, 1938
Type of Appearance: Contemporary referencess throughout
Political Office(s): Regent (head of state) of Hungary

Initially, Miklos Horthy limited Hungary's involvement in the the Second World War seizing territorial claims against Czechoslovakia, making Hungary Germany's co-belligerent.[2] Hungary also had territorial claims against Romania and Yugoslavia.[3] However, while Britain and France had immediately severed ties with Hungary, neither made any military move against Hungary, nor did Hungary do much more than claim Czechoslovakian territory, a status quo that persisted into 1939. Horthy did use the commencement of hostilities in 1938 as an excuse to conscript a large army.[4]

In late 1940, after the conclusion of the Hess Agreement, Horthy officially aligned with Germany and joined the war against the Soviet Union.[5] Hungary remained a German ally even after the British and the French left their alliance before the end of 1941. Throughout the remainder of the war, Hungarian troops fought exclusively in the Ukraine.[6] As a consequence of the historical animosity between Hungary and Germany's other staunch ally, Romania, the German military placed German units between the Hungarian and Romanian units on the lines.[7] However, by 1943, Germany's situation was so dire that an unreliable ally was better than no ally.

As 1943 ended, Germany and its allies were in constant retreat.[8] In April 1944, the Committee for the Salvation of the German Nation overthrew Adolf Hitler and the Nazis, bringing the war to a halt in Europe.[9] Hungary kept the parts of Czechoslovakia it had taken in October 1938, but otherwise derived no benefit from its alliance with Germany.

While fighting for the Spanish Republicans, Chaim Weinberg befriended a Hungarian Communist. The two of them liked to make jokes at Horthy's expense.

Miklos Horthy in Joe Steele[]

Joe Steele
POD: 1878;
Relevant POD: July, 1932
Novel or Story?: Novel only
Type of Appearance: Contemporary reference

With Leon Trotsky's Red Army barreling down from the east, Miklos Horthy attempted to make a peace with the Allies. Adolf Hitler had Horthy kidnapped and replaced with the Arrow Cross Party, a group of Hungarian fascists horrible enough to satisfy even Hitler.[10]

Miklos Horthy in "Zigeuner"[]

POD: c. 1914
Type of Appearance: Contemporary reference

In late 1944, with the Red Army barreling down on Hungary from the east, Miklos Horthy attempted to make a peace with the Soviet Union. In October, German Führer Adolf Hitler had Horthy removed and replaced him with Ferenc Szálasi and the Arrow Cross Party. The Arrow Cross assisted the SS in its program to remove the Zigeuner from Europe.[11]


  1. Bombs Away, pgs. 121-122, ebook.
  2. Hitler's War, pg. 75.
  3. Ibid., pgs. 386-387.
  4. Ibid.
  5. Coup d'Etat, pg. 15, HC.
  6. Two Fronts, pg. 302-303.
  7. Last Orders, pg. 27-28.
  8. Ibid., pg. 199.
  9. Ibid., pgs. 300, 311, HC.
  10. Joe Steele, pg. 296.
  11. Asimov's Science Fiction, September/October, 2017, Vol. 41 Nos. 9 & 10, pg. 92.