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by dragos03
Fri Sep 19, 2008 4:20 am
Forum: Soldatenheim
Topic: Music inspired by WWII
Replies: 15
Views: 3403

Re: Music inspired by WWII

Here are some Romanian songs about WW2 This one is by rock group Voltaj and is called "Erou" (Hero): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qxK9MWeZpBU This folk song by Maria Gheorghiu is called "Bocetul lui Ioan fara de mormant" (The lament of John the one without a grave): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...
by dragos03
Tue Mar 25, 2008 1:21 pm
Forum: Veterans and vet info
Topic: SAXON GERMANS
Replies: 9
Views: 4611

Only a small number were "booted" in the period right after ww2. Most of them left later because they wanted to, for a better life in Germany. Their ethnic origin helped them escape the miserable fate of the Romanians under communism.
by dragos03
Fri Mar 14, 2008 9:47 am
Forum: Veterans and vet info
Topic: SAXON GERMANS
Replies: 9
Views: 4611

Some of them fought in the German army and the SS (mostly in the Prinz Eugen and Florian Geyer divisions I think). Others chose to serve in the Romanian army, even some of the generals (like Hugo Schwab, who commanded the Romanian Mountain Corps at some point in the war and commited suicide in Augus...
by dragos03
Thu Mar 13, 2008 8:50 am
Forum: Kriegsmarine
Topic: Amphibious Operations
Replies: 22
Views: 6079

Does Manstein's attack across the Severnaya Bay during the siege of Sevastopol count as an amphibious landing?

Manstein also planned other similar operations, like the plan for a Romanian mountain regiment to land behind the Soviet positions in the Salkovo isthmus, during the battle of Perekop.
by dragos03
Fri Feb 22, 2008 9:34 am
Forum: Foreign Volunteers, Collaboration and Axis Allies
Topic: Hitler on the fall of Singapore
Replies: 1
Views: 2987

Hitler on the fall of Singapore

In the memoirs of Raoul Bossy, the Romanian ambassador to Berlin (March 1941-June 1943), I found an interesting comment by Hitler on the fall of Singapore. Bossy accompanied marshall Antonescu on his visit to Hitler on 11 February 1942 at Gorlitz. Hitler told us about the fall of Singapore, the migh...
by dragos03
Sat Dec 29, 2007 4:41 pm
Forum: Campaigns and Battles
Topic: 6th Army Break Out From Stalingrad
Replies: 24
Views: 11292

Many. Some German officers blamed their allies for any defeat where allies were present. This is the case of Romanians, at least, but I guess they did the same about their other allies. Could you give the names of these officers, and the basis of your "guesses"? From what I have read there is no un...
by dragos03
Thu Dec 27, 2007 8:23 pm
Forum: Campaigns and Battles
Topic: 6th Army Break Out From Stalingrad
Replies: 24
Views: 11292

Re: Blame

"So which memoirs "blame" the allies for the disaster in southern russia? Many. Some German officers blamed their allies for any defeat where allies were present. This is the case of Romanians, at least, but I guess they did the same about their other allies. However, it must be said that most of t...
by dragos03
Sun Dec 23, 2007 6:34 am
Forum: Campaigns and Battles
Topic: Battle of Timisoara 1944
Replies: 2
Views: 3351

13-14 September – no major attacks on Timisoara but the defenders are now in a precarious position because to the North Arad and Aradul Nou were captured by Hungarians and to the South German units occupy Oravita and Sasca Montana. On 14 September, a small Hungarian attack from the North is repulsed...
by dragos03
Sun Dec 23, 2007 6:33 am
Forum: Campaigns and Battles
Topic: Battle of Timisoara 1944
Replies: 2
Views: 3351

20 August 1944 - start of the Soviet offensive on the Romanian front, the front collapses and the Red Army advances on Bucharest 23 August - King Michael I arrests Marshall Antonescu and proclaims an armistice with the Soviets. The Russians mostly ignore the armistice and capture a large part of the...
by dragos03
Sun Dec 23, 2007 6:28 am
Forum: Campaigns and Battles
Topic: Battle of Timisoara 1944
Replies: 2
Views: 3351

Battle of Timisoara 1944

Thought it would be interesting to post here information about a forgotten battle of WW2, the defense of the Western Romanian city of Timisoara in September 1944. Some background information first. As the Red Army reached Romanian territory in 1944, all the combat-worthy Romanian units were sent to ...
by dragos03
Wed Jul 11, 2007 1:34 am
Forum: Foreign Volunteers, Collaboration and Axis Allies
Topic: Romanians
Replies: 32
Views: 17566

That train existed indeed, although I don't know any photos of it. It destroyed several US bombers during Operation Tidal Wave, when the bomber formations passed over it at low altitude, in easy reach of its light flak guns. After 23 August 1944, the train started to metodically destroy the oilfield...
by dragos03
Mon Jun 25, 2007 6:23 am
Forum: Foreign Volunteers, Collaboration and Axis Allies
Topic: Romanians in Stalingrad
Replies: 11
Views: 5662

Hi Victor, Yes, I know that. However, if the initial order wouldn't have been changed (at Hitler's request, as far as I remember), and the 48th Corps would have opposed only the Southern Soviet breakthrough, maybe the encirclement of the 6th Army could have been avoided. In any case, I just wanted t...
by dragos03
Wed Jun 20, 2007 4:36 am
Forum: Foreign Volunteers, Collaboration and Axis Allies
Topic: Romanians in Stalingrad
Replies: 11
Views: 5662

I would add something else here. German memoirs and some history books claim that one of the main causes of the defeat was the poor leadership of the Romanian commanders. This is, in my opinion, a ridiculous excuse for the German's own leadership failures. General Petre Dumitrescu, the commander of ...
by dragos03
Tue May 29, 2007 7:01 am
Forum: Foreign Volunteers, Collaboration and Axis Allies
Topic: Romanians in Stalingrad
Replies: 11
Views: 5662

As Sid pointed out, without the Romanian army, the German Southern front couldn't have even advanced to Stalingrad in the first place. Manstein certainly couldn't have conquered the Crimea without Romanian support and it is likely that the Germans alone would have been stopped somewhere in the Odess...
by dragos03
Sun Apr 15, 2007 7:51 am
Forum: Soldatenheim
Topic: WWII Veteran/Writer Kurt Vonnegut died at 84 years of age
Replies: 1
Views: 697

May he rest in peace. "Slaughterhouse Five" is one of my favourite war-related books, a masterpiece that shows the absurdity of the Dresden bombing and the war in general in a very unconventional way. Most of his other works were brilliant too, with a touch of the same madness and wild sense of humo...