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In 1957, Matei Gheorghe a war veteran, told, according to an audible recording existing in the Oral History Archive, about the way Romanian people had trained for the Romanian War of Independence.

Romanian War of Independence in memory of a veteran

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Military-historical performance organized by the Museum of History and Archaeology, in Prahova and by the National Military Museum King Ferdinand I, in Bucharest.  Photo: Agerpres

In the summer of 1875, a war against the Ottoman rule broke out in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

One year later, Serbia and Montenegro declared war to Turkey and Bulgaria rose up too.

All the turmoil against the Ottoman people gave Russia the perfect opportunity to involve in the war, as it was very interested in the area; as a consequence, on 24 April, 1877, Russia declared war to Turkey.

Then, on 10 May, 1877, the Romanian Princedom which the Ottoman constitution considered its ‘privileged province’ declared its independence and trained 60,000 soldiers.

In an interview taken on 18 April, 1957 and quoted by the Rador (the Press Agency of the Romanian Radio), Matei Gheorghe, farmer in Fălticeni, told about the way Romanians had been training in order to fight for Romania’s independence.

Translated by: Cristina Anamaria Maricescu
MA Student, MTTLC, Bucharest University


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