Constantin Prezan

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Marshal
Constantin Prezan
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25th and 28th Chief of the Romanian General Staff
In office
5 December 1916 – 20 March 1920
Monarch Ferdinand I
Prime Minister Ion I. C. Brătianu
Alexandru Averescu
Alexandru Marghiloman
Preceded by Dumitru Iliescu
Succeeded by Constantin Christescu
In office
28 October 1918 – 20 March 1920
Prime Minister Constantin Coandă
Ion I. C. Brătianu
Artur Văitoianu
Alexandru Vaida-Voevod
Alexandru Averescu
Preceded by Constantin Christescu
Succeeded by Constantin Christescu
Personal details
Born 27 January 1861
Butimanu, Dâmbovița
Died 27 August 1943
Bucharest
Military service
Service/branch Romanian Army
Years of service 1883 - 1920
Rank Marshal
Commands Fourth Army
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Mihai Viteazul Order

Constantin Prezan (January 27, 1861 Butimanu, Dâmbovița County – August 27, 1943) was a Romanian general during World War I and a Marshal of Romania afterward.

General Prezan commanded the 4th Army Corps in 1915-1916, and then became head of the Romanian Fourth Army during the Romanian Campaign later in 1916. Prezan led the Romanian Armed Forces as it retreated into the northeastern part of Romania (Moldavia), and also in the Battle of Bucharest (November 1916). In July and August 1917, Prezan, who was by then Chief of the General Staff (and assisted by the then-Lieutenant-Colonel Ion Antonescu) successfully stopped the German invasion led by Field Marshal August von Mackensen. He continued serving in this position until 1920. Prezan was promoted as Marshal of Romania in 1930.

Documents found in military archives have brought to light Prezan's role in creating the Romanian National State. During the campaign of 1916, Prezan was rewarded with the Mihai Viteazu Order, Third Class for deeds of merit, courage, and devotion. In the summer of 1917, when he commanded the General Army Quarters, Prezan was honoured with Mihai Viteazu Order, Second Class.

Prezan led the Romanian Armed Forces in the battles of Bessarabia, Bukovina, and Transylvania. King Ferdinand awarded his outstanding service with the Mihai Viteazu Order, First Class.

A major boulevard in Bucharest is named after him.

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