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The one without sideskirts was destroyed in Budapest and was the vehicle of Lieutnant Tibor Rátz (Comm. of 3rd battery, 1st battalion) and carried the name of his girlfriend, Sárika. (Sárika is a hypocorism of Sarolta, Charlotte in English)
The other vehicle wich resides now in Kubinka carries also a ladies name, Irénke (Irénke is a hypocorism of Irén, maybe Irene in English), but its storry is not known.
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there is another shot of 1+1 with its front visible, I'll try to find it. I'm sure it was plain green.
I posted a photo of 1+1 in my previous post.
And here is a side view of Irénke, I don't think it was camoed.
Who and when moved and welded the last right skirt to forward left position, remains a mistery.
I think it saw enough action as it presumably ran onto a mine that tore the skirt away, as one of it roadwheels is also missing.
Not counting the welded shut penetration hole on the top right corner of its mantle.
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till now only one photo emerged (from a long expired Ebay auction) whichs shows the two piece uniform combined with a Zrinyi.
I would like to think that we see the crew of the assault gun, but there is a good chance that these Honveds are only examining the Zrinyi and belong to tank formation.
Generally the Zrinyi crew uniforms show a wide variety from "basic" field uniform to one or two piece coveralls or leather vests with cloth sleeves.
you wouldn't belive that this is the one issue I can't find at home for months now:)
Onto the 42M uniform, as I wrote earlier, it is possible that the assault gunners were issued with this type of clothing, but I would be much more convinced if a photo of a Zrinyi would surface with all of its crew in 42M uniforms.
If I remember correctly there is another picture taken during the handing over ceremony in Nadworna with a high ranking Hungarian officer standing in front of a Stug in the same outfit.
Lastly we must admit, that the 42M was not issued in high quantities to the troops.
It does seem possible judging from the photos that Zrinyi crews did receive a very sporadic issue of the blue M 42 uniform - `though the other types of AFV crew uniform seemed to be more commonly seen :-