By Denes Bernad
First seeing motion within the wake of the German invasion of the USSR in June 1941, the Royal Rumanian Air strength were allied to the Luftwaffe because the Romanian executive signed a Tripartite Pact with Germany and Italy in November 1940. This booklet finds how, regardless of affliction heavy losses to the numerically better Russian forces, the Rumanians inflicted even larger casualties at the communists. Locked in sour clash with the Soviets until eventually September 1944, whilst the pink military poured around the Rumanian frontier and compelled an armistice, the modest fighter strength claimed 1500+ kills utilizing essentially Bf 109's, E’s.
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