Erno Gergely
Fictional Character
The Hot War
POD: November, 1950
Appearance(s): All volumes
Type of Appearance: Direct
Nationality: Hungary
Date of Birth: c. 1920
Occupation: Soldier
Political Party: Arrow Cross Party
Military Branch: Royal Hungarian Army
(World War II),
Hungarian People's Army
(World War III)

Erno Gergely (b. c. 1920) was a sergeant in the Hungarian People's Army. He'd served during World War II, first under Miklos Horthy and then under the Arrow Cross, surviving the fight on the eastern front. Incredibly, rather than liquidate him after the war, the new communist government of Hungary allowed Gergely to remain in the army. He was still enlisted when World War III broke out in 1951.[1]

He was mobilized with the rest of the Hungarian People's Army after the United States and the Soviet Union traded atomic bomb attacks between 23 January and 1 February 1951.[2] Gergely impressed his unit with his brusque manner, his expertise with profanity, and his storied history.[3]

Gergely was aware of the strengths and weaknesses of his men. He was impressed with Tibor Nagy, and intended to recommend him for a promotion to lance corporal.[4] Unfortunately, Nagy was killed in April before he could be promoted.[5] So Gergely decided to give the promotion to Istvan Szolovits.[6] He also realized how little Szolovits actually cared for the Soviet cause, and suggested Szolovits not do anything stupid, like surrendering.[7]


  1. Bombs Away, pgs. 66-67, ebook.
  2. Ibid.
  3. Ibid., pgs. 67-70.
  4. Ibid., pgs. 124-125.
  5. Ibid., pgs. 228-229.
  6. Ibid., pgs. 252-255.
  7. Ibid., pgs. 394-397.