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Posted: July 08, 2003 01:31 pm
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Did the Romanian Navy suported the Axis troops on the Crimea front? And I am not asking about any supplies they might have delivered.
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Posted: July 08, 2003 01:50 pm
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No, the Romanian Navy supported the forces in Crimea only with the NMS Delfinul submarine and by shipping and escorting supplies. The only shore bombardment in support of the infantry happened at Odessa in 1941 and at Cape Kerson in May 1944, when the troops were being evacuated from Crimea.
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Posted: July 08, 2003 02:15 pm
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Is it becouse wasn't necesery or becouse they didn't have adequate ships for shore bombardment? And thanks for your reply.
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Posted: July 09, 2003 07:34 am
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It was mostly because they did not have adequate ships for shore bombardment: cruisers, battleships, which could fire from beyond coastal artillery range. Thus the Romanian destroyers would not have been at risk. But generally because of the size of the Soviet surface fleet, the Romanian Navy stuck to convoying and defensive missions. The episode with the two batteries destroyed by the NMSRegele Ferdinand during the Kerson evacuation was a situation without another solution.
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