RUMANIA: Carol the Cocky

King Carol II has expected a Soviet invasion of Rumania ever since the Russians took their cut of Poland. Reports from Rumania's border province of Bessarabia indicated that Rumanian troops were actually being withdrawn. The only explanation was that the Rumanian General Staff considered that Bessarabia could not be successfully defended.

But that was before Finland. Last week the defense picture completely changed. The General Staff poured troops back into Bessarabia and rushed construction of border fortifications. King Carol took Premier George Tatarescu and most of his Cabinet by special train...

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