November 4, 1956

Operation Whirlwind

At 4:15 in the morning, Operation Whirlwind is launched with the explicit intent of crushing the revolution. Shortly after 5 AM a radio broadcast is aired with Kádár announcing the new Hungarian Worker-Peasant Government. In it Kádár says the revolution had devolved into a fascist uprising.

Nagy gives a speech on the radio in which he declares that the Soviets have invaded to overthrow the legal and democratic government. Although Nagy does not call for a renewal in armed resistance, the revolutionary groups resume the fight. Nagy and his associates take refuge in the Yugoslav Embassy, while Cardinal Mindszenty takes refuge at the American Embassy, where he would stay until 1971.