A 04.00 hrs, on the 22 of June 1941, Romanian troops, assisted by the Wehrmacht ones, crossed the Prut river. Prut was the natural border with Soviet Republic of Moldova, old Romanian province, appropriated by the Bolshevics in 1940. This here is Fieldmarshal Ion Antonescu’s order to the Romanian army to step over the Prut and get back the old lands of our fathers and (of course) kick the bolshie’s arse. This we did; however, the price was huge in terms of blood spilt for the old country.
Fieldmarshal Ion Antonescu ‘s order to the Romanian armies to cross the Prut river and destroy the bolshies.
Romanian cavalry crossing the Prut river, morning of the 22nd of June 1941
First contact with the Red Army
Fieldmarshal Ion Antonescu visiting the advanced lines of the Moldovan front.
Royal infantryman and Wehrmacht truppen shoulder to shoulder against the bolshevic barbarians.
22 June 1941 – news just broke: We have invaded the USSR. Everywhere in Romania, citizens are praying for victory against the Eastern hordes. Traffic has stopped, everywhere people were thinking to the soldiers forcing the Soviet borders.
Romanian army entering the town of Chişinău in 1941. For a short period Bessarabia was reunited with the Motherland.
Ahead of the troops invading USSR, special shock troops were deployed for harassment and to create havoc behind Russian lines.
Wehrmacht infantryman and Romanian siper – brothers in arms on the Eastern front in the summer of 1941.
Wehrmacht troops marching in Bucharest, as allies
German and Romanian troops are parading in Bucharest, under the Arch of Triumph. Reason was fall of Odessa, 1941.
The presence of German troops was something Romanians got used very quickly and, while not exactly thrilled, this awkward “menage” seem not to create serious problems between us and our allies. Course, the situation changed dramatically after the 23rd of August 1944 when we declared war to the Axis. Following this, we instantly became enemies with our friends and allies :-))
City of Jassy, after a Soviet bombardment 1943
Wehrmacht troops in Jassy, 1943
Images of King Michael I of Romania, and of Marshal Ion Antonescu as CiC of the Romanian army.
These here are photographs taken by a German officer, after Bucharest surrendered in the late 1916. These are showing various images of Bucharest.
Romania declares war to Austro-Hungary empire
Uniforms of Romanian army 1830-1930