Dragoesti World War I Memorial
Public Art : Dragoesti World War I Memorial
Acknowledgements: Thank you to Simon Akkerman and
Doreena Nita for kindly providing the photos.
In amintirea Eroilor
Cazuti Pe Campul De Lupta
In Rasboiul 1916 -1918
In Memory of Heroes
Fallen on the Battlefield
In the war 1916 -1918
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.