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6th Jan '17 10:13:36 AM Morgenthaler
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* The Romanian Army plays an important part in the ''ComicBook/TwoThousandAD'' strip ''ComicBook/FiendsOfTheEasternFront''. Most members of the Romanian unit accompanying the German Wehrmacht soldiers in their invasion of the Soviet Union [[WeirdHistoricalWar turn out to be vampires]], except for [[TheRenfield their one human servant]].

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6th Jan '17 10:10:07 AM Morgenthaler
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6th Jan '17 10:09:39 AM Morgenthaler
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The IAR 80, the Romanian fighter plane that served in WWII, was at the time the fastest fighter plane in history. It was beaten (much) later by the Messerschmitt 109. It was comparable to the Hawker Hurricane and the Messerschmitt 109. The CrowningMomentOfAwesome for the designers was that, unlike most planes of the time, which had the guns on the wings, the IAR 80 had it behind its propeller, a piece of mostly discarded WorldWarI technology.

In WorldWarII, Romania was an Axis member. While many of the leaders joined the Axis for ideological reasons, they had reservations as: they were on the same side as Hungary, and they had to give up lands with a majority Hungarian population everything between them and the Hungarian border.

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The IAR 80, the Romanian fighter plane that served in WWII, was at the time the fastest fighter plane in history. It was beaten (much) later by the Messerschmitt 109. It was comparable to the Hawker Hurricane and the Messerschmitt 109. The CrowningMomentOfAwesome for the designers was that, unlike most planes of the time, which had the guns on the wings, the IAR 80 had it behind its propeller, a piece of mostly discarded WorldWarI World War I technology.

In WorldWarII, UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, Romania was an Axis member. While many of the leaders joined the Axis for ideological reasons, they had reservations as: they were on the same side as Hungary, and they had to give up lands with a majority Hungarian population everything between them and the Hungarian border.



During the first phase of WorldWarII, the Romanian armed forces achieved good results despite many hardships. The country's economy was never on a full war footing, not even comparable to [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany Germany]]'s (due to the loss of contact with traditional trade partners, it relied mostly on deliveries of oil and raw materials to Germany, in exchange for military technology and industrial machinery).

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During the first phase of WorldWarII, World War II, the Romanian armed forces achieved good results despite many hardships. The country's economy was never on a full war footing, not even comparable to [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany Germany]]'s (due to the loss of contact with traditional trade partners, it relied mostly on deliveries of oil and raw materials to Germany, in exchange for military technology and industrial machinery).
6th Nov '16 3:58:51 AM Morgenthaler
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Some of the spectacular victories were at Rovine (1395), when Wallachian voivode Mircea the Elder defeated Bayezid, Vaslui (1475), when Stephen the Great of Moldavia defeated Ottoman sultan Mehmed II, and Călugăreni, when [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Michael the Brave]] and his army of mercenaries defeated the Ottomans, again (seeing a pattern forming here). Other neighbors with imperial aspirations that Romanians had to defend against included the Hungarians, defeated at the battle of Posada in 1330 by Basarab I, and the Poles defeated decisively at the battle of Cosmin forest in 1497 by Stephen the Great (he was a very busy voievod, ruled for 47 years and had at least a major battle per year. He built a monastery for every victory in his country and the amount of monasteries in Bucovina and North Moldavia should tell something about just how big a {{Badass}} WarriorPrince he was).

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Some of the spectacular victories were at Rovine (1395), when Wallachian voivode Mircea the Elder defeated Bayezid, Vaslui (1475), when Stephen the Great of Moldavia defeated Ottoman sultan Mehmed II, and Călugăreni, when [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Michael the Brave]] and his army of mercenaries defeated the Ottomans, again (seeing a pattern forming here). Other neighbors with imperial aspirations that Romanians had to defend against included the Hungarians, defeated at the battle of Posada in 1330 by Basarab I, and the Poles defeated decisively at the battle of Cosmin forest in 1497 by Stephen the Great (he was a very busy voievod, ruled for 47 years and had at least a major battle per year. He built a monastery for every victory in his country and the amount of monasteries in Bucovina and North Moldavia should tell something about just how big a {{Badass}} WarriorPrince he was).
20th Sep '16 8:52:46 AM Morgenthaler
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During WorldWarI, they had the trouble of fighting the German, Austro-Hungarian, and Bulgarian armies all at once, as the Allies were rather busy on the Western Front and unable to bail them out. The Romanian sued for peace in 1917, but when the Germans surrendered in 1918, the Romanians rebuilt their army and curbstomped the armies of the Hungarian Soviet Republic, ostensibly to prevent communism spreading to its border, but really to regain what it sees as Romanian territory.

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During WorldWarI, UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, they had the trouble of fighting the German, Austro-Hungarian, and Bulgarian armies all at once, as the Allies were rather busy on the Western Front and unable to bail them out. The Romanian sued for peace in 1917, but when the Germans surrendered in 1918, the Romanians rebuilt their army and curbstomped the armies of the Hungarian Soviet Republic, ostensibly to prevent communism spreading to its border, but really to regain what it sees as Romanian territory.
29th Aug '16 10:38:53 AM Morgenthaler
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Romanian military tradition traces to the Dacian times. They had a very BadassArmy, being one of the few armies to change the [[TheGloryThatWasRome Roman]] standard equipment, and that's a feat in itself.They were skilled in iron-working, and their signature weapon, the Falx, was suited to hacking off limbs or hooking Roman cuirasses.

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Romanian military tradition traces to the Dacian times. They had a very BadassArmy, being one of the few armies to change the [[TheGloryThatWasRome [[UsefulNotes/TheGloryThatWasRome Roman]] standard equipment, and that's a feat in itself.They were skilled in iron-working, and their signature weapon, the Falx, was suited to hacking off limbs or hooking Roman cuirasses.
28th Aug '16 3:38:38 AM Morgenthaler
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When the Soviets took over the country and turned Romania into a communist state, the army was reorganized into a WarsawPact style army. However, Nicolae Ceaucescu was wary of Soviet domination and tried to distance his country from the Soviet Union without leaving the WarsawPact, in a matter comparable to France and NATO; France remained part of NATO even if [[GaulsWithGrenades its military]] was now under full French command. At one point, Romania had a thriving arms industry, and even built ground attack planes in collaboration with Yugoslavia, jet trainers on it's own, tanks, APCs, IFVs, naval vessels and the Romanian versions of the ubiquitous AK-47 and RPG.

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When the Soviets took over the country and turned Romania into a communist state, the army was reorganized into a WarsawPact style army. However, Nicolae Ceaucescu was wary of Soviet domination and tried to distance his country from the Soviet Union without leaving the WarsawPact, in a matter comparable to France and NATO; France remained part of NATO even if [[GaulsWithGrenades [[UsefulNotes/GaulsWithGrenades its military]] was now under full French command. At one point, Romania had a thriving arms industry, and even built ground attack planes in collaboration with Yugoslavia, jet trainers on it's own, tanks, APCs, IFVs, naval vessels and the Romanian versions of the ubiquitous AK-47 and RPG.
27th Jun '16 5:24:56 PM Preussak
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The IAR 80, the Romanian fighter plane that served in WWII, was at the time the fastest fighter plane in history. It was beaten (much) later by the Messerschmitt 109. It was comparable to the Hawker Hurricane and the Messerschmitt 109. The CrowningMomentOfAwesome for the designesrs was that, unlike most planes of the time, which had the guns on the wings, the IAR 80 had it behind its propeller, a piece of mostly discarded WorldWarI technology.

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The IAR 80, the Romanian fighter plane that served in WWII, was at the time the fastest fighter plane in history. It was beaten (much) later by the Messerschmitt 109. It was comparable to the Hawker Hurricane and the Messerschmitt 109. The CrowningMomentOfAwesome for the designesrs designers was that, unlike most planes of the time, which had the guns on the wings, the IAR 80 had it behind its propeller, a piece of mostly discarded WorldWarI technology.
28th Aug '15 10:50:14 AM Nautilus1
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[[TheCoconutEffect A common misconception]] regarding the hardships of the Romanian troops on the Eastern Front is to lay the blame on poor equipment, to the exaggerated effect of portraying them as an army in rags. In practice, the efforts of the military government during 1940-1941 assured a satisfactory quantity of modern small arms and equipment, if the numbers or artillery and light tanks were still deficient. The real culprit was the logistical chain, hampered by poor rail transport, too few motor vehicles and much reliance on horse power for traction, [[ObstructiveBureaucrat and bureaucratic idiocy to boot]].
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