National Geographic : 1917 Aug
Photograph from General Staff, Roumanian Army THE HIGH COMMAND OF THE ROUMANIAN ARMY King Ferdinand stands near the extreme left of the picture, leaning on a cane. The officer wearing the numerous decorations is General Averesco, commander-in-chief of the Roumanian forces. West, based on man power, will enable us to force a military decision. In inviting sympathy for and patience with the unfortunate Russians in this their moment of extreme trial, one must not forget the plight of poor little Rou mania, whose fortunes are bound up with Russia. Roumania entered the war with her eyes open as to what would happen if she failed. She had been led to believe that the Germans could not send above ten divisions against her, and they sent thirty. The Roumanians have played the game as they were urged to do. and as a result now hold but a quarter of their country, and that small relic threatened. In spite of it all they have held true to the cause, and are fighting harder and better today than when they first entered the campaign. Wehavetoherasto Russia the moral obligation of support, both in sympathy and in material, where transportation facilities will permit. Both of these countries, according to their ca pacities, have contributed all that was in them to the cause, and whatever happens, be it good or bad, the part both have per formed in wearing down the enemy that we might ultimately deal with them must be neither overlooked nor forgotten.