The Don disaster is remembered in history as “the black day of the Hungarian army”, a government official said at a commemoration marking the anniversary of the 1943 Don disaster, one of the gravest defeats of the Hungarian armed forces. István Szabó, the defence ministry’s state secretary, said that the Don disaster, like many other events in history, showed that Hungarian soldiers do not run away from their task. Historical documents and memorials have revealed that Hungarian soldiers fought till the very end at the Don River, even when their situation seemed hopeless, he added. In January 1943, the poorly equipped 2nd Hungarian army fought amid bitter conditions against the Soviet Red Army near the Don River. According to some reports, Hungarians lost 93,500 lives, while other sources put that number at 148,000.