The Carpathian Campaign 1916

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The biggest part of our relics comes from the context of the WW1 Romanian Carpathian 1916 campaign, when the Romanian troops were forced to retreat from the Ardeal region, forming a resistance line on the Carpathian peaks. The Carpathian defensive line represented the last obstacle for the German and Austro-Hungarian troops to flood the entire country, so the Romanian soldiers launched themselves in desperate battles.

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The shortest way for the German army to reach the country capital was to pass trough Bran and Predeal, both towns which became the scenery of terrible battles and accompanied by heavy artillery shelling.

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On those peaks and mountain passes the Romanian troops defended the positions suffering heavy losses, being also technical overwhelmed by the enemy, which disposed of constant artillery support and resources.

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In the last two years we explored several of those battlefields, recovering a large quantity of objects, and also a lot of materials that became useful for institutions/historical researches.

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This is the ”playground” where the R.M.A. team put the base of this project.

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Many thanks to Valeriu Catalineanu for the pictures.

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