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Ilie Șteflea
Lieutenant-General Ilie Șteflea
Born (1887-03-29)March 29, 1887
Died May 21, 1946(1946-05-21) (aged 59)
Place of birth Flag of Austria-Hungary (1869-1918).svg Szelistye, Austria-Hungary
Place of death Flag of Romania.svg Bucharest, Kingdom of Romania
Allegiance Romanian Army
Service/branch Infantry
Years of service 1909—1944
Rank General de corp de armată
Battles/wars World War I-Romanian Campaign
World War II

Ilie Șteflea (March 29, 1887—May 21, 1946) was a Romanian General during World War II and Chief of the Romanian General Staff between 20 January 1942 and 23 August 1944.[1][2]

Early life and career[]

Ilie Șteflea was born in Săliște (near Sibiu, Transylvania, at the time part of Austria-Hungary). Economic hardships forced his family to move to the Kingdom of Romania, to the newly acquired province of Dobruja.

Șteflea attended the primary school at Medgidia, and the secondary schools at Constanţa and at the Gheorghe Lazăr High School in Bucharest. He graduated first at the Military School for Infantry Officers in 1909, promoted to the rank of Sublocotenent (Second Lieutenant) and assigned to the 34th Infantry Regiment, based in Constanţa.

In 1915 he was sent on an information-gathering mission in Transylvania, in the Timiş Valley and Braşov.

After the war had started, Șteflea was given the command of a machine gun company in the 34th Infantry Regiment, holding the rank of captain. On 26 August 1916 he was wounded at Daidâr (now Shumentsi, Tutrakan Municipality) during the Battle of Turtucaia and evacuated to Moldova. On 1 April 1917 he was assigned as instructor to the Military School for Infantry Officers in Botoșani, where he taught infantry tactics inspired by the French military doctrine and war experience.

Awards and decorations[]

Award or decoration Country Date Ref
De twee linten van de Orde van de Kroon van Roemenie.jpg Order of the Crown (with swords and Military Virtue ribbon)  Kingdom of Romania [3]
Star of Romania Ribbon.PNG Order of the Star of Romania (with swords and Military Virtue ribbon)
Ord.MichaeltheBrave-ribbon.jpg Order of Michael the Brave 17 November 1941
Aeronautical Virtue Order (with swords, Golden Cross class)
DEU EK 2 Klasse BAR.svg Iron Cross (2nd class)  Germany 12 October 1941
DEU EK 1 Klasse BAR.svg Iron Cross (1st class) 26 March 1942
Maritime Virtue Order (1st, 2nd and 3rd class)  Kingdom of Romania


  1., Ilie Șteflea's short biography, accessed on February 29, 2012
  2. Romanian Ministry of National Defense, Gallery of Chiefs of the General Staff, accessed on February 29, 2012
  3., Biography of Ilie Șteflea

External links[]

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