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Product Details

  • Series: Modern War Studies
  • Hardcover: 440 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas (February 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0700618392
  • ISBN-13: 978-0700618392
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,140,157 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A masterful account of its subject, one that presents decades of research in a clear and absorbing narrative. . . . Likely will stand as the definitive account of the war in Romania for decades to come."—Army History

About the Author

Glenn E. Torrey is professor of history emeritus at Emporia State University and author of Henri Mathias Berthelot: Soldier of France, Defender of Romania; Romania and World War I: A Collection of Studies; and The Revolutionary Russian Army and Romania, 1917.

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Well researched with extensive endnotes, this book is a welcome addition to the history of the Eastern Front during WWI.
Albatros D-3
The improved Romanian Army denied the Germans and Austro-Hungarians easy victories like they won in 1916, also winning a few battles on its own.
Daniel Carey
This is easily one of the best works of analysis on the Romanian Battlefront and absolutely deserves five stars given to it!
F. Carol Sabin

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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By F. Carol Sabin on March 4, 2012
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"The Romanian Battlefront in WW I" is not just the one of the few English-language books on its subject, but it stands comparison with the best English-language studies of any individual country's armed forces in WWI.
Mr. Torrey has remedied this situation, his book being an excellent study to a subject unjustly ignored by many English-speaking historians; to date, I believe it is one of the few comprehensive accounts of Romania's military involvement in WW I in English. Very well written and organized, containing 17 comprehensive chapters on (mainly) military operations (plus Conclusions and an Epilogue) and illustrated with many maps and photos, it is invaluable for anyone interested in operations on the Eastern Front in WW I. Based not only on access to Romanian military archives but also on additional studies provided by German, Austrian, Italian archives etc, Mr. Torrey's book contains an detailed, chronological account of military operations on Romanian Front during 1916-1918 and even immediate postwar actions in 1919 in Hungary. Additionally, the author inspired from relevant Romanian and non-Romanian secondary sources such as published documents, memoirs, specialized studies etc.
After a short preface, the first two chapters describe the Romania's political (leaders, geopolitical factors, alliances, etc) and military (war plans, strengths, etc) situation at the beginning of the war. This short, balanced background information about the country and its political and military leaders is useful, since most readers are unlikely to have detailed knowledge of Romania in that period of time. It also provides a helpful context for Romania's two years of negotiation with the Entente countries.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Carey on April 4, 2012
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This book is an outstanding book that fills in a gap in the English language literature about World War I on the eastern front. The book explains how Romania got involved, discounting the idea put forth by many that Brusilov's Offensive was a major factor. It discusses the Romanian Armed Forces and its leaders, how they prepared for war, their objectives and what actually happened. The author does not stop the story when the Romanians were driven out of most of their country in 1916. He continues the story to show how the Romanian Army rebuilt itself in 1917 with French assistance, and how that made an impact on the course of the war. The improved Romanian Army denied the Germans and Austro-Hungarians easy victories like they won in 1916, also winning a few battles on its own. As a result, Romania's standing amongst the allies improved. The author also explains the impact of the Russian Revolution on the Romanians and how in the end, they were able to achieve their war aims in both Transylvania and even Bessarabia. The book uses mostly primary sources as well as secondary sources in Romanian, German, French and Russian. There is also a short bibliographic essay about the Romanian secondary sources.

I recommend this book for those who are serious students of World War I, or those who want to know more about the eastern front in World War I or pretty much any library.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Andrei Miroiu on May 14, 2012
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"The Romanian Battlefront..." is Glenn Torrey's crowning achievement, in a career spanning five decades dedicated to the diplomatic and military aspects of Romania`s participation in World War I. While he wrote a biography of General H. Berthelot, commander of the French Military Mission in Romania and also published a few years back a colletion of his studies on the topic, this is a work of synthesis. Torrey has researched thoroughly the archives and libraries in Bucharest, Vienna, Berlin, Moscow, Paris, London and the United States, exhausting them; only the Bulgarian and Turkish sources are not consulted and this is the only serious methodological problem of the work. One wished he engaged more with them, especially the Bulgarians and maybe the author should have also consulted IR literature on Romania in World War I. Otherwise the writing is excelent; Torrey writes well and compelling about military organization, equipment, tactics and the politics of command. Less represented are civil-military relations and the level of human experience of war. While military and diplomatic historians will rejoice, there is little in this work that might be interesting for cultural historians and sociologists. But Torrey never claims that he intended to write more than a military history and the result is very good. One of the most interesting aspects is his ability to move from the Romanian to the Austrian and from the Russian to the German position in what regards a particular military action or a specific moment of the conflict. The author provides top-class naratives of the battles and operations and the maps - though adapted from older works - are good and sufficient.Read more ›
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dr Y on January 25, 2013
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If you enjoy military history at its finest, BUY this book. Yes it's an obscure theater of World War I, but author Glenn Torrey brings it alive. For me he writes the best kind of military history - - - one that takes you from the highest levels of command and strategy, through operational commanders at the army, corps and division levels, right down to individual soldiers who slugged it out in the cold and muck of the Carpathians and Dobrogea. He has borrowed from accounts written in Romanian that otherwise would be beyond the common readers' access, and brought them to life. I couldn't put this book down. My only criticisms are aimed the maps, which although detailed were difficult to read. A larger, detailed map of the entire area would have been helpful - - - the one in the book is just not precise enough. Colored annotations (yes, I know this adds expense, but I would have gladly paid more)would greatly clarify the battlefield movements. The photos are fantastic; I wish there were more. And I certainly hope Torrey writes more. I'm waiting!
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