March 1945 – A 23rd August in Reverse – Some British Documents
Associate professor Marian Zidaru
On March 2nd, 1945, general Avramescu was convoked to the commander of the 40th Soviet Army. One hour later, the Romanian delegation was announced that Avramescu and the Russian general, Filip Fedorovici Jmacenko, left to the command point of the Ukrainian Front 2, as they were expected there by Marshall Malinovski. In fact, General Avramescu had been arrested. Later, the Soviet authorities announced that Avramescu had been killed on 3rd March 1945, allegedly in an aerial attack on the car which was transporting him, and his body was buried in Budapest Soshalom cemetery. For many years Romanian historians have accused the Soviet secret services for having conspired to arrest the general. Our research in British archives has revealed the role played by the British intelligence GCHQ in this business.
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