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Un destin tragic. Generalul Vasile Dumitrescu, combatant în ambele războaie mondiale (1893-1970)


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Abstract:
The paper presents the life and work of Vasile Dumitrescu, a Romanian army officer, born in 1893 in Bucharest, as the son of real estate owner Matache Dumitrescu and of Catinca, the daughter of trader Nicolae Jippa (who was a member of the great Jipa trader family of Şcheii Braşovului, founders of the Sfântul Nicolae Church and of the local Romanian school). He graduated from the Military School of Infantry in 1914 as second lieutenant. He fought in WWI and was promoted lieutenant in 1916 and later captain, in 1917. He received the highest Romanian war decoration, the Order of Mihai Viteazu. He married Emilia Antal, the niece of the first Patriarch of Romania, Elie Miron Cristea, in Toplița, in 1923. In 1927 he was appointed chief of staff of the Romanian Patriarch Elie Miron Cristea, who also held the office of Regent, and later he was an adjutant between 1928 and 1930. Vasile Dumitrescu participated in WWII on the Eastern front, as commander of several infantry regiments. He was promoted to brigadier general on 31 March 1944 and discharged. He was imprisoned during the communist regime. He died in Bucharest in 1970.
Keywords:
Romanian officer, First World War, Second World War, Patriarch Miron Cristea, Communist prisons