joel pacheco wrote: the only time "romania" was EVER discussed in my entire university career was by one of my history professors, and he used the term "overrun", and even mentioned that the germans and austrians "got everything they needed to supply thier armies for the next 6 months."(from the collapse of romania) his words.
With all due respect to your professor, but I really doubt that the Germans and Austrians got everything they needed to supply their armies for the next 6 months. The oil fields and processing installations were blown up in the retreat. By November 1918 the Germans restored only 5% (IIRC) of the production capacity.
joel pacheco wrote: romania was thrashed by the central powers, the country was looted of grain and oil, and romania's army fled the capital bucharest less resistence that saddam's boys used to defend baghdad.
You put to much importance on Bucharest as the capital. The time of the Romania with two capitals (Bucharest and Jassy) was not that far away in time then. The fact is that the government and the state continued to function after being relocated to Jassy, something which did not happen in Iraq.
joel pacheco wrote: i think that it is in the interest of everyone if historical arguments are based on the facts anbd not whitewashings to make people feel some misplaced pride in fantasy achievements.
I would not consider "fantasy achievements" the defeat of two powerful Central Powers offensives. This practically saved the existence of the Romanian state.
joel pacheco wrote: the professor who gave the lesson(on romanian in ww1) was named douglas porch. he has written several books on military history and has an award winning book on the french foreign legion. i belive his books can still be purchased on amazon.com. he is an extremely able instructor and credible historian.
The problem with many former Communist countries is that Western historians generally did not have access to their archives. Take the example of Russia in WWII. For many years circulated the idea (promoted by some German generals) that the Red Army was just a huge behemoth which won only by overwhelming its adversary and that only LL saved it from disappearance. But since David Glantz started publishing his works, based on original Soviet documents that image changed.