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Antonescu's Eagles against Stalin's Falcons: The Romanian Air Force, 1920-1941

Alexander Statiev
The Journal of Military History
Vol. 66, No. 4 (Oct., 2002), pp. 1085-1113
DOI: 10.2307/3093265
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3093265
Page Count: 29
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Antonescu's Eagles against Stalin's Falcons: The Romanian Air Force, 1920-1941
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Abstract

This essay traces the evolution of the Romanian Air Force from its inception through the interwar period and illuminates some specific problems that faced a minor military power striving to maintain a modern aviation industry. Subsequently, the essay analyzes the operations of the Romanian Air Command in the first year of war against the U.S.S.R. The air force was a national favorite in Romania. Not surprisingly, it was far more efficient than either the army or the navy. However, in 1941 it was repeatedly assigned missions that exceeded its capacity and was thus brought to the brink of extinction.

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