The train carriage in which the First World War ended

At 11 o'clock on the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918, inside a train carriage in a clearing near Compiègnea, the armistice between the powers of the Entente and Germany was signed. Negotiations began on November 8 in a train carriage that had been...

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Who took Odobeşti Hill?

The young captain Erwin Rommel was also involved in the attack on Focșani, commanding a detachment of the Wurttemberg Mountain Battalion. His actions are described in a book published in 1937, “Infanterie greif an” (The infantry attacks). However, there is one thing...

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The armistice of Villa Giusti

The armistice of Villa Giusti was signed between Austria-Hungary and the Entente/Kingdom of Italy on November 3, 1918 in the villa of the count Giusti del Giardino near Padua. This put an end to the fighting on the Italian front, between Italy and the Entente on one...

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The new Romanian soldier

With the reorganization of the units, their endowment and accommodation to new fighting techniques, the confidence and the morale of the Romanian soldiers began to gradually increase in the spring of 1917. The remnants of the army that managed to retreat to Moldavia...

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The Romanian army reborn

Perhaps the most difficult task in the process of reorganizing the Romanian army in 1917 was to train the officers and soldiers, to familiarize themselves with new combat techniques and new equipment. Of the 505.000 soldiers and officers mobilized in August 1916, only...

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The reorganization of the Romanian army in 1917

Can an army be rebuilt after losing 60% of its forces in just three months and two-thirds of the territory it defended? To this question the decision-makers of the Romanian state had to answer, but also the allies of the Kingdom of Romania, at the beginning of 1917....

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The Romanian army at the end of the 1916 campaign

For Romania, the campaign of 1916 proved to be a disaster. Hundreds of thousands of deaths among the army and the civilian population, two thirds of the territory occupied by foreign troops and the continued threat posed by the annexation plans of Bulgaria and...

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