A Bleak Photo Of Romanian Army Troops
It’s a startling image of an Axis Romanian Army machine-gun crew as they fire at enemy Soviet troops near Novorossiysk, just out of frame. After the launch of Operation Barbarossa — and the invasion of the Soviet Union on 22 June 1941 — Romania joined the offensive.
Though the Romanian Army isn’t always talked about, they came in staggering numbers. The total number of troops was ultimately was second only to that of Nazi Germany itself, totaling at 686,258 men under arms in the summer of 1941 and a total of 1,224,691 men in the summer of 1944.
In fact, more Romanian troops were sent to fight in The Soviet Union than of all of the other German allies combined. But this loyalty was short lived — in August 1944, King Michael I of Romania would lead a successful coup. After that, Romania fought alongside the Allies until the end of the war.
Near Novorossiysk, Krasnodar Krai, Russia, Soviet Union.