The Romanian Battlefront in World War I
Torrey details how, by the end of 1916, the armies of the Central Powers, led by German generals Falkenhayn and Mackensen, had administered a crushing defeat and occupied two-thirds of Romanian territory, but at the cost of diverting substantial military forces they needed on other fronts. The Allies, especially the Russians, were forced to do likewise in order to prevent Romania from collapsing completely.
Torrey presents the most authoritative account yet of the heavy fighting during the 1916 campaign and of the renewed attempt by Austro-German forces, including the elite Alpine Corps, to subdue the Romanian Army in the summer of 1917. This latter campaign, highlighted here but ignored in non-Romanian accounts, witnessed reorganized and rearmed Romanian soldiers, with help from a disintegrating Russian Army, administer a stunning defeat of their enemies. However, as Torrey also shows, amidst the chaos of the Russian Revolution the Central Powers forced Romania to sign a separate peace early in 1918. Ultimately, this allowed the Romanian Army to re-enter the war and occupy the majority of the territory promised in 1916.
Torrey's unparalleled familiarity with archival and secondary sources and his long experience with the subject give authority and balance to his account of the military, strategic, diplomatic, and political events on both sides of the battlefront. In addition, his use of personal memoirs provides vivid insights into the human side of the war. Major military leaders in the Second World War, especially Ion Antonescu and Erwin Rommel, made their careers during the First World War and play a prominent role in his book.
Torrey's study fosters a genuinely new appreciation and understanding of a long-neglected aspect of World War I that influenced not only the war itself but the peace settlement that followed and, in fact, continues today.
This book is part of the Modern War Studies series.
- Paperback | 440 pages
- 162.56 x 231.14 x 35.56mm | 771.11g
- 29 Feb 2012
- University Press of Kansas
- Kansas, United States
- 42 photographs, 17 maps
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The most balanced and most authoritative account of the war on the Romanian front available in any language. Keith Hitchins, author of A Concise History of Romania
Fills a critical gap in our understanding of World War I. Meticulously researched and well written, this work is a major contribution to our knowledge of the Great War. Richard L. DiNardo, author of Breakthrough: The Gorlice-Tarnow Campaign, 1915
Will change the way scholars view the Balkan Front in the Great War. Timothy C. Dowling, author of The Brusilov Offensives "A masterful account of its subject, one that presents decades of research in a clear and absorbing narrative. . . . Likely will stand as the definitive account of the war in Romania for decades to come." Army History An excellent account that greatly adds to the historical literature of World War I and to that of southeastern Europe. Slavic Review
Certain to remain the definitive account in English of Romania s war for years to come and we should be very grateful to Professor Torrey for his hard work in bringing a much neglected aspect of 1914 18 to our attention and in such a readable way. Charles Messenger, British Commission on Military History Newsletter