RF wrote:There is a significance in analysing the Axis casualties because of the political as well as military fallout from the Stalingrad battle. The losses suffered by the Romanians - more than half their army - started the moves that led to Antonescu being removed from power and Romania changing sides, similary the Italian losses overall undermined Mussolini's position.
RF wrote:Romania changed sides in August 1944 when it was invaded.
The process, based on the fears of invasion you mention, started December 1942 onwards as the huge losses incurred then were irreplaceable and showed that in supporting Hitler they may not be on the winning side. Romania wanted out from Stalingrad onwards, as did the Finns, Hungarians and some Italians, but the presence of German forces, particulary in the oilfields, prevented any action until the Soviets were on their border.
Communism was only inserted here by force, by torture and fear.
I am amused, somewhat, of your confidence regarding events which you don't realy know.
Romania lost over half its army defending the flanks at Stalingrad for Hitler, losses that would be irreplaceable.
That was why the Romanians secretly encouraged the Italian Foreign Minister Ciano to propose to Hitler that Germany negotiated a unilateral peace deal with Stalin, so that the Romanians, amongst other issues, would retain Bessarabia. Hitler of course and predictably refused point blank.
It is clear from the diplomatic exchanges that the Romanians, along with the Italians, realised that the Axis could not ftght the USSR as well as in the West and win.
No, the Romanian leadership was trying to look after its own interests and after Stalingrad wanted to get out of the fighting by returning to neutrality.
RF wrote:In a way it does remind me of another war which ended with a degree of irony - the American Civil War, where the last battle ended in Confederate victory.....
RF wrote:The Battle of Palmetto Ranch, near Brownsville, Texas on 13th May 1865.
There were also the operations of the Confederate maritime privateer commerce raider Shenandoah in the North Pacific Ocean during the summer of 1865, effectively the last shots of a war that ended about three months before her crew had proof of Confederate capitulation and honourably surrendered.
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