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Károly Bartha
18 June 1884 (1884-06-18)22 November 1964 (1964-11-23) (aged 80)
Bundesarchiv Bild 183-B00407, Berlin, Canaris, Vitez Bartha, v. Glaise-Horstenau.jpg
Place of birth Budapest, Kingdom of Hungary
Place of death Linz, Austria
Allegiance Austria–Hungary Austria-Hungary
Hungary Hungary
Years of service 1904-1945
Rank Colonel General
Unit Hungarian Red Army, National Army
Battles/wars World War I
Hungarian-Romanian War of 1919
World War II

Vitéz Károly Bartha de Dálnokfalva (18 June 1884 - 22 November 1964) was a Hungarian military officer and politician, who served as Minister of Defence between 1938 and 1942. During the World War I he had several high commander offices in Budapest and Trieste. In 1919 he fought against the armies of Czechoslovakia and Romania. After the fall of the Hungarian Soviet Republic Bartha joined the National Army led by Miklós Horthy. Béla Imrédy appointed him as Minister of Defence and Bartha kept his position in the ensuing governments until 1942.

Under his office time there were lot of significant events: the Vienna Awards, the occupation of Bácska and Muravidék, the bombing of Kassa whereby Hungary entered the Second World War (1941). He had big role in the unfortunate occasions of Vojvodina massacres. Horthy fired the government because of its Germanophily. Bartha was retired.

Károly Bartha did not undertake neither political and neither military role after his retirement. After the war the People's Tribune considered him a responsible for entering the war. The Military Court downgraded him and later they fired Bartha from the Magyar Honvédség. After the communist takeover he harrassed by the police services, that's why he emigrated to Venezuela, where he worked as railway constructing engineer. He died in 1964 after an European visit at Linz, Austria.


Political offices
Preceded by
Jenő Rátz
Minister of Defence
Succeeded by
Vilmos Nagy


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