Dragoesti World War I Memorial

World War I Memorial, Dragoesti, Romania, public Art

Public Art : Dragoesti World War I Memorial

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Acknowledgements: Thank you to Simon Akkerman and Doreena Nita for kindly providing the photos.

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Slava

Eroilor

Neamului

In amintirea Eroilor
Cazuti Pe Campul De Lupta

In Rasboiul 1916 -1918

Gloriosul

Al Romanie
In English
Glory

Heroes

Nation

In Memory of Heroes
Fallen on the Battlefield

In the war 1916 -1918

Glorious

The Romanian

Background to Romania Entering World War I: Romania joined World War I in August, 1916 after signing The Treaty of Bucharest. The treaty was signed  between Romania and the Entente Powers (Allies) in Bucharest and included a list of "secret" conditions under which Romania agreed to join the war. Part of the deal included declaring war on  Austria-Hungary for which they would receive the territories of Transylvania, Crisana and Maramures (territories which were ruled by Hungary), Banat (also ruled by Hungary) and Bukovina (ruled by Austria).

On the 27th August, 1916, Romania declared war on Austria-Hungary and immediately launched attacks along the Romanian border with their army of 440,000 men. The surprise attacks caught Austria-Hungary off guard but soon the German-Bulgarian troops advanced into Drobruja (a region shared by Bulgaria and Romania, located between the lower Danube river and the Black Sea) and pushed the Romanian Army out. By the end of 1916 Bucharest had fallen along with Wallachia and Dobruja. The Central Powers and the Romanian Government retreated while the Romanian Army regrouped.  By 1917 they had succeeded in stopping Germany from breaking the front. In the end the campaign had claimed 220,000 Romanian soldiersbut they had gained Transylvania, Bukovina and Bessarabia.

World War I Memorial, Dragoesti, Romania, public art, war

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