Lieutenant-General Ilie Șteflea
|Born||March 29, 1887|
|Died||May 21, 1946(aged 59)|
|Place of birth||Szelistye, Austria-Hungary|
|Place of death||Bucharest, Kingdom of Romania|
|Years of service||1909—1944|
|Rank||General de corp de armată|
World War I-Romanian Campaign|
World War II
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|
|Order of the Crown (with swords and Military Virtue ribbon)||Kingdom of Romania|||
|Order of the Star of Romania (with swords and Military Virtue ribbon)|
|Order of Michael the Brave||17 November 1941|
|Aeronautical Virtue Order (with swords, Golden Cross class)|
|Iron Cross (2nd class)||Germany||12 October 1941|
|Iron Cross (1st class)||26 March 1942|
|Maritime Virtue Order (1st, 2nd and 3rd class)||Kingdom of Romania|
- (Romanian) AsiiRomani.ro, Biography of Ilie Șteflea
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