John Norton-Griffiths, the Englishman who destroyed the Romanian oil refineries and reserves

The end of 1916 found Romania in an extremely difficult situation. After a series of painful defeats at the hands of the Central Powers, the Romanian Government had to abandon Bucharest and withdraw to Iași. In addition to the capital of the country, it had to...
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How the Bolsheviks confiscated the Treasure of the National Bank of Romania

The end of 1916 was the most dramatic period in Romanian history. The catastrophic defeats suffered by the Romanian Army at the hands of the Central Powers forced the government in Bucharest to take the painful decision to abandon more than half of its...
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Romania during the period of neutrality

Between July 28, 1917 and August 27, 1916, Romania maintained its neutrality as the First World War raged on. The geostrategic position in which the country found itself and the resources available at its disposal prompted both the Entente and the Central Powers...
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Why did Romania remain neutral at the outbreak of the First World War?

When a young Serbian by the name of Gavrilo Princip gunned down Franz-Ferdinand, the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, on June 28, 1914, no one thought that it would lead to four years of bloody military confrontations. The Austro-Hungarian ultimatum addressed...
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The Crown Council of Sinaia (1914) – The proclamation of Romania’s neutrality

The outbreak of the First World War caught Romania in a difficult position. It was reluctantly bound by a defensive treaty to the Triple Alliance and, implicitly, to the Habsburg Monarchy that occupied Transylvania and Bukovina, two provinces mainly inhabited...
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Romania during the period of neutrality

Between July 28, 1917 and August 27, 1916, Romania maintained its neutrality as the First World War raged on. The geostrategic position in which the country found itself and the resources available at its disposal prompted both the Entente and the Central Powers to...

Why wasn’t Germany invaded at the end of World War One?

The Third Reich was invaded in 1945 from West and East by the Anglo-American and Soviet troops respectively. In order to be victorious over it, they had to effectively destroy the National-Socialist regime. However, the Entente was not in the same situation at the end...