Mission Accomplished: The Coup of 23 August 1944
The most extraordinary event to occur in Romania during the Second World War was the coup orchestrated by the young (22-year-old) King Michael on 23 August 1944, and the events leading up to it. The coup overthrew the wartime leader, Marshal Ion Antonescu, who had taken Romania into the war as an ally of Germany and stubbornly remained loyal to Hitler even as the tide of war was turning against them. Antonescu, aware of the fragility of Romania’s territorial integrity in the face of the Soviet advance in summer 1944, continued to hold out for armistice terms with the Allies which would guarantee Romania’s independence of Soviet authority.
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