I will withdraw to my fortress, and after the slaughter, I will restore order.
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|Birth:||15th June, 1882|
|Death:||1st June, 1946|
Ion Victor Antonescu was born in Pitești, Argeș County, Romania. He was a Romanian soldier and authoritarian politician who, as the Prime Minister and Conducător during most of World War II, presided over two successive wartime dictatorships. After the war, he was convicted of war crimes and executed. He was a military attaché to France and later Chief of the General Staff, briefly serving as Defense Minister in the National Christian cabinet of Octavian Goga. Soon after Romania joined the Axis in Operation Barbarossa, recovering Bessarabia and Northern Bukovina, Antonescu also became Marshal of Romania. He received a number of awards and decorations throughout his military career, most notable being the Order of Michael the Brave, which was personally awarded to him by King Ferdinand I during the Hungarian–Romanian War of 1919. He was the first Romanian to receive the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross, being awarded it by Hitler himself.
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