Friday, March 23, 2012

Enemy Elite Friday: Gheorghe Răscănescu (Romania)

"After Romania entered World War II on the side of the Axis, Răscănescu fought on the Eastern Front against the Soviet Red Army.  During the Siege of Odessa, his battalion was one of the first units that entered the city, on October 16, 1941.  He then fought with the 6th Division of the Romanian Third Army, under the command of General Mihail Lascăr.  After the Romanian front was broken in November 1942 at the Battle of Stalingrad, Răscănescu and his battalion managed to escape encirclement, being the only formation of Lascăr's division to do so.  Covering a distance of 140 km (87 mi) in three nights and one day, the battalion succeeded in getting to the Chir River with all its soldiers and equipment, and prevented the Soviet 8th Cavalry Division from capturing the vital German airfield at Oblivskaya from November 26 to December 3.  He was a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross of Nazi Germany and of the Order of Michael the Brave, 3rd Class for his actions at the Battle of Stalingrad."

Another capable enemy elite,
Brian & Mel

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