Stalingrad, Dec 1942: Romanian POWs trudge past Red Army troop carrier. Many Romanians wear funny fur caps widely used by the Romanian army of the time. Very few Romanians returned from Soviet captivity.
An Axis Romanian Army machine-gun crew fire at enemy Soviet troops near Novorossiysk with a Czechoslovakian made ZB vz. 37 gun. When the Germans launched Operation Barbarossa, invading the Soviet Union on 22 June 1941, Romania joined the offensive. The Romanian contribution of troops was enormous. The total number of troops involved on the Eastern Front with the Romanian Third Army and the Romanian Fourth Army was second only to that of Nazi Germany itself.