December 5, 1917 – Romania Makes Peace with the Central Powers
Pictured – German troops salute the flag in Bucharest.
Its armies beaten and its capital occupied, the Romanian government came to the peace table on December 5, 1917. The negotiations resulted in the Armistice of Focșani, which ended hostilities between the Romanians and the Central Powers. Romania had entered the war barely a year before in August 1916, but after swift battlefield defeat and now the looming withdrawal of Russia from the conflict, there was no answer but to come to terms with the Central Powers. Most of the nation remained under occupation, with Romania supplying vital crops to Germany and Austria. In May 1918 a peace treaty would be drawn up that severely punished Romania for its foray into power politics.