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    Morar Andrei

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    1. Recently, I was reading in the latest issue of Historia Special magazine about Romanian armament used in the 1877-78 war of independence. My surprise has been that in the artillery section, the following idea was mentioned: Romania made use of machineguns. The following extract is from the article, translated to English: And now, here comes my question: how did the Romanian army get their hands on such weapons at the time? The principality was still formally an Ottoman vassal, and getting new guns seems to have been difficult give that the nation did not have yet a proper Black Sea port. Searching online for any reference in regards to this topic, I could not find anything outside the Historia article. As far as I am aware, information used in that article might be coming from "Armata Romana in Razboiul de Independenta" by Cornel I. Scafes, Horia Vl. Serbanescu. Besides, the common narrative for the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-78 is that the Ottomans had the superior guns, their troops being armed with breech-loading Krupp guns and Martini Henry and Winchester lever action rifles, while the Romanians and Russians were relying on things like the Dreyse needle gun, M1867 Krnka and Peabody rifles.
    2. All of this is very interesting. Thank you very much!
    3. Yeah, ever since I made the original post, I realised the mistake I made back then.
    4. Oh, so the two principalities did have permanent armies even before the Organic Regulations of 1830. I always had the impression that was the beginning, especially since many history books on the topic start with 1830, as well as that seems to be the year when the armies of Moldavia and Wallachia received standardised uniforms for each kind of unit. Were standardised uniforms a thing before that year too, or the troops were looking more like irregulars, perhaps on the model of the Panduri? Especially after the mass introduction of muskets/firearms (when did the two principalities start using predominantly musketeer units instead of the pike and shot tactics?) and the 18th century
    5. I may have found out the reason for the lack of images from the Napileonic era regarding military units of Wallachia and Moldavia at the beginning of the 19th century. The armies of the two principalities were recreated only in 1830.
    6. Thank you! And for this one, I need to say a big thank you to the guys from Tanks Encyclopedia community, for helping me on the technical side, learning me some tricks and giving advice on the color palette.
    7. I know the best restorations are made by professional restorers, but currently I can't do that because of a few reasobs: 1. Most live in other countries, and I have to use a different currency than the one in Rinania 2. I'm underage 3. Due to my age, I can't make a PayPal account and many times I do not afford the cost of a restoration. At the moment, I consider that the images I started doing can be decent, especially with a bit of help from a re-enactment specialist I'm friends with.
    8. New image completed today. Currently, I am using this hobby in order to relax after a stressful day at school, but maybe I can find a way to use these images.
    9. Yes, there is a French officer. I think that person was part from Henri Berthelot's French Military Mission in Romania.
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