RUMANIA: Whatever is Rumanian

Ten years ago the distinguished members of a British Naval Mission to Rumania stopped on a desolate stretch of the Black Sea coast a few miles north of Constantsa. There lay small Lake Tashaul, nearly dry, with a narrow channel leading through sand dunes to the sea. There was no town near by; the country beyond the lake was devoted to sheep raising. This, said the British Admiral, was the place to build Rumania's great Naval base, home of the dreamed-of Rumanian Black Sea Fleet. It was also a convenient spot for refueling,...

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