Shiden343 wrote:Me: Hey, it's the Ostfront! Would there be Rudel on Ju87?
*Go look online and finds out rudel was in romania at the time
Me: Okay, looks like he wasn't around the area. Wonder anyone brought this up on forum?
*Found this board and blasted by the amount of Information
Really, I have only been skimming through but the details are astounding. Where do you find all these infos and photos?
Also what you heard about the Vickers 75mm from granpa is really cool. Although I am Jap and my grandparents experienced war, they were just a middle school kids back then. So hearing raw voice of whom fought in the war is really interesting to me.
Hey, thanks a lot, glad to see people appreciated even only as an amateur armchair historian exercise!
My gandpa basically raised me and he told me a lot of stories from war, some funny, some tragic but what I can't forget is that sometimes when he told me stories his look become fixated in a point and stopped, probably thinking and than change the subject of the discussion. He always said he was lucky to escape alive. He was made officer in Hungary (from NCO) and finished the war as captain and because of "healthy origin" (he was son of a peasant) as the Communism was establishing in Romania he was on the list to be sent to Frunze Military Academy. He refused and resumed with his initial job, teacher, becoming Uni professor in the end in Maths/Physics.
Funny you are Japanese, the first serious history about WW2 which I read was about the war in Pacific and it was written by a Romanian historian and his Japanese friend as a dialogue. It was extremly informative from that time (1984 in Romania, lost of censorship) and I still have it today somewhere.
My sources are very diverse but the main I use are worldwar2.ro (website about Romania in WW1 and WW2) and Axworthy's book about Romania in WW2. For example, most of the info about 3rd Infantry (see below) I found it in a history of the 4th Infantry Rgt. There are a lot of resources on internet but not systematized. Others are Gantz's book about spring offensive (not much useful but some interesting info still) and Soviet staff analysis of operation.
So this new post is about the Northern thrust of Soviet offensive. This mainly happened in Romanian 4th Corps area which consisted of the following units:
Divizia 5 Cavalerie Moto (veterans motorized cavalry division) - this is probably the most interesting division from this corps
Divizia 7 Infanterie (7th Infantry, mainly a green unit with fighting experience in spring/summer of 1944)
These two units received the main attack and fought north-west of Jassy, in Jassy and in the Eastern part of the Moldavian main city. As Romanian divisions rarely had own tanks in support, a StuG brigade was positioned in their immediate vicinity to provide mobile armored support.
In the reserve on the direction of the attack were deployed:
Divizia 3 Infanterie a veterans infantry division which was in reserve after was very active in Spring and Summer battles from Moldova such as Targu Frumos battles. It bore the weight of the main tactical offensives in Moldova in 1944 and was temporarily retired from first line for rest and replaced with 5th Motorized Cavalry. It was a the division which was commanded by Marshal Ion Antonescu in Interwar and after Odessa was kept in the country and didn't saw action after 1942 on Eastern Front which means it conserved most of its assets avoiding the disaster of Stalingrad. It was considered very motivated and loyal to the chief of state.
Comandamentul 102 Munte (102nd Mountain Command which was a veteran mountain brigade formed from new contingents of 1943 and veteran mountain rangers which were withdrawn from Crimeea in 1944. Since it's size was roughly 1/3 of a Division it may be used as separate battle groups. Its task was to defend pockets of resistance and small fortified resistance points in the reserve defensive position south of Jassy at the northern slopes of the
The other Army Corp which received the main blow of Soviet offensive was VI Corps which was formed of the following units:
Divizia 5 Infanterie (5th Infantry) mainly a green unit rebuilt after Stalingrad using soldiers from security units deployed in Transnistria and from frontier guards and saw action in 1943 and 1944.
German 76th Infantry, nothing too special here.
in their reserve was Comandamentul 102 Munte]101th Mountain Command and 352 StuG brigade.
Both 5th and 7th aren't special so maybe generic infantry can be used in campaign. 13th also put up a strong counter attack supported by tanks on second day of the offensive, also very resembling with 3rd as a unit but its chief feature would be an heavy MGs battalion and more defenses as it was deployed along the Mare ridge south of Jassy-Targu Frumos.
In the reserve of these two corps were 2 divisions which counter-attacked in 20 August the Soviet spearhead:
Divizia 1 Blindata the main armored force in Northern Moldova made of veterans of Eastern Front and beefed up with some elements of 20th Panzer Division which was nearby for rest and refit.
Divizia 18 Munte was a mountain rangers divisions converted from amalgamation of frontier guards, mountain rangers veterans and infantrymen of 18th Infantry. Counterattacked in 20th August supported by some German armor.
Here is a standard battalion of Romanian infantry. There were differences between units based on their itinerary during the war, for example units which fought in Crimeea and Kuban had a bigger number of German equipment provided on spot.
Other interesting division in the area would be:
Royal Guards Division (Divizia de Garda) which was only fixed by Soviet attack and after lost some forward positions in 20th August which were recovered the next day was involved in delay actions while kept bridgeheads over Siret river for units retreating from Jassy area.
Divizia 11 Infanterie(11th Infantry) which was made of veterans and distinguished in the battles of Kuban, Crimeea and Moldova. It was considered competent enough to operate along with Mountaineers, Cavalry or Armored formations on Eastern front and its commander received an RK following spring-summer German offensive from Moldova. During Soviet offensive operated in the right flank of 5th Cavalry withing a German army corps and after the breach of the front retreated in order toward Wallachia.
Obviously 18th Mountain and 1st Armored I already covered in my previous posts were active in the same area as units listed above and counter-attacked in 20th August.
LE: 20 Panzerdivision which was tested in last beta was deployed in Jassy area for rest and refit. Its battle ready battlegroups were scattered among infantry division for support but the division didn't acted under an unified command being unable to fight as a full division due to losses sustained during Bagration.
It received some equipment while in Moldova such as French armored cars PSW 204 (f), Sd.Kfz. 234 and some new tanks