RUMANIA: King's Coup

To the A.P.'s Joseph Morton, King Mihai last week told the story of his dramatic palace coup which flip-flopped Rumania from the Axis to the Allied camp (TIME, Sept. 4).

Seven times since early 1942 the young King and his young aides had planned to overthrow old hatchet-faced Marshal Ion Antonescu, the Nazi-loving dictator. Seven times they had to call off the plot.

On Aug. 23, after a late lunch, Mihai sent for Antonescu. The dictator, following his practice of keeping the King waiting, arrived an hour late. He left his bullet-proof automobile, with glass an inch thick, a gift from...

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