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1st German Infantry Regiment within the Army of the Moldavian Democratic Republic (1917-1918)
1st German Infantry Regiment within the Army of the Moldavian Democratic Republic (1917-1918)

Author(s): Anatolie Leşcu
Subject(s): Security and defense, Military policy
Published by: Centrul tehnic-editorial al armatei
Keywords: Country Counsel; Moldavian-German units; national emancipation; German colonists; regular army;

Summary/Abstract: The increasing effort for affirming national identity was one of the consequences for the disintegration of the Russian Empire, in 1917. Basarabia, abruptly taken away from Moldova about a century before, was suddenly finding its own place, due to the total separation from Russia. Consequently,on 27 October 1917, Basarabia proclaimed its autonomy. At the same time, the Country Counsel (Sfatul Țării) was established, as a legislative body.In 1917, Southern Basarabia was engulfed in a disastrous situation, caused by the numerous acts of vandalism and disorganisation triggered by the Sovietisation of the region. In order to stabilise and calm the situation in the area, German colonists, allying themselves with the Moldavians in their fight against Tsarism, formed detachments, patrolling the towns.Even though its history was brief, the 1st German Infantry Regiment within the Army of the Moldavian Democratic Republic played its part in enforcing order, guarding goods and, last but not least, fighting anarchy.

  • Issue Year: 1/2020
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 96-103
  • Page Count: 8
  • Language: English