Battle of Podu Iloaiei

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Battle of Podu Iloaiei
Part of First Jassy-Kishinev Offensive,
World War II
Date12 April 1944
LocationEastern Romania
47°12′42″N 27°16′31″E / 47.21167°N 27.27528°E / 47.21167; 27.27528
Result Axis victory[1]
Commanders and leaders
  • 1 Armored Division[2]
  • 2 Tank Corps
  • 2 Rifle Divisions[2]
Casualties and losses
250 Romanian casualties and 100 German casualties[a] 5,400 killed and wounded,1,100 captured by Romanians and 700 by Germans, 97 tanks destroyed by Romanians and 27 by Germans

The Battle of Podu Iloaiei was part of the First Jassy–Kishinev Offensive of World War II fought between the Romanians along with their German allies and the Soviets. The battle was a reaction to the Soviet defeat at the First Battle of Târgu Frumos.[2] It consisted mainly of a tank battle near Scobâlțeni where the First Romanian Armored Division (Divizia 1 Blindată) held off the Soviet tanks for a single day. At the end of the battle, the Germans joined to drive the Soviets back to the positions they held before the battle.[1]


The region was still in axis hands. Several months later, it was captured by the Red Army in the Jassy–Kishinev Offensive, from 21–23 August 1944.


Explanatory notes

  1. ^ The total German Eighth Army casualties for the period between 8 and 23 April were 60,000 and 20,000 were taken prisoners. Glantz, p. 102


  1. ^ a b Glantz, p. 70.
  2. ^ a b c Glantz, p. 69.