Finished Gathering Storm - a very good read
Now onto Third Axis, Fourth Ally: The Romanian Armed Forces in the European War 1941-45.
I do not understand this title - Third Axis, Fourth Ally.
Join the club! But I think it refers to the European war only, and that in terms of overall contribution, Romania was the 3rd member of the Axis and (after she switched sides in 1944) the fourth member of the Allies. I might be talking sloblocks however...
So far, its proving to be a good book
Great Britain, France, Poland, USSR, Netherlands, Belgium, Greece, Norway and Yugoslavia were all European nations that, as I understand it, were part of the Allies. And not counting USA, Canada, Australia and India in its contribution towards defeating the Euro-Axis just seems plain wrong to me.
And then there is Italy after 1943...
I think that your explanation is the right one but it feels to me that the one selecting the title was talking sloblocks.
In my book Romania is nowhere near being the fourth Ally.
But, please, keep me updated on what you think of the book. I do feel that my knowledge of Romania during WWII is lacking.
A couple more chapters in and yes, my first impressions were justified - this is an excellent book. The only niggle I have is that the maps are appallingly basic. But that aside, it is really interesting learning about the strengths and weaknesses of the Romanian army, why they went to war in the first place, the hatred of the Hungarians (one incident already where they almost came to blows - inside the Soviet Union!), the losses suffered, the political aspect. Great Stuff!
22nd November 1944 - The British Pacific Fleet is born (temporary avatar changes to commemorate the ships and aircraft). HM Ships Formidable, Illustrious, Victorious