István Bata

István Bata
Born 5 March 1910 (1910-03-05)
Tura, Kingdom of Hungary
Died 17 August 1982 (1982-08-18) (aged 72)
Budapest, Hungary
Rank Lieutenant General
The native form of this personal name is Bata István. This article uses the Western name order.

István Bata (5 March 1910 – 17 August 1982) was a Hungarian military officer and politician, who served as Minister of Defence between 1953 and 1956. During the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 he divided Budapest into three military districts and gave an order to defeat the revolution. On 26 October Bata was relieved of all of his functions. Three days later he escaped to the Soviet Union. He negotiated with János Kádár and he wanted to organize a military dictatorship after the fall of the revolution. On 16 November Bata was expelled from the party because of his stalinist past. Later he returned to Hungary, where he worked for the BKV.


  • Magyar Életrajzi Lexikon
Political offices
Preceded by
Mihály Farkas
Minister of Defence
Succeeded by
Károly Janza

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