First Battle of Cobadin

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First Battle of Cobadin
Part of the Romanian Campaign (1916)
Date17–19 September 1916
Result Tactical Entente victory
 German Empire
 Ottoman Empire
 Russian Empire
Commanders and leaders
Kingdom of Bulgaria Stefan Toshev
German Empire August von Mackensen
Ottoman Empire Mustafa Hilmi Pasha
Kingdom of Romania Alexandru Averescu
Russian Empire Andrei Zayonchkovski
Kingdom of Bulgaria55 battalions and 24 squadrons
German Empire 4 battalions and 3 squadrons
Ottoman Empire 3 battalions(initially)
Total: 62 battalions and 27 squadrons[1]
Total: 70+ battalions and 41 squadrons[1]
4 river monitors
Casualties and losses
 Bulgaria 704 killed, 4778 wounded, 611 missing
 German Empire unknown
 Ottoman Empire 36 killed, 348 wounded 62 missing
Total: Over 740 killed, 5126 wounded, 673 missing[2]

The First Battle of Cobadin, also known as the First Battle of the Rasova - Cobadin - Tuzla Line was a battle fought from 17 to 19 of September 1916 between the Bulgarian Third Army and the Romanian-Russian Army of the Dobruja. The battle ended in Entente tactical victory and forced the Central Powers to hold their offensive and assume a defensive stance till the middle of October.

The right flank of the Allied forces was supported by the Romanian Navy's Danube Flotilla, consisting mainly of four Brătianu-class river monitors. These warships blocked with mines the river sectors of Silistra, Ostrov and Gura Borcea, protected the 8 September evacuation of Silistra, attacked the enemy land convoys and destroyed enemy batteries.[3]

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  1. ^ a b Тошев (2007), page 108
  2. ^ Министерство на войната (1943), page 390-395
  3. ^ Romanian Review, Volume 51, Issues 327-332, p. 139


  • Министерство на войната, Щаб на войската (1943). Българската армия в Световната война 1915 - 1918, Vol. IX. Държавна печатница, София.
  • Kiriţescu, Constantin (1926). Istoria războiului pentru întregirea României: 1916-1919/История на войната за обединението на Румъния. Войната в Добруджа. Печатница на армейското военно издателство, София.
  • Тошев, Стефан (2007). Действията на III армия в Добруджа през 1916 год. Захарий Стоянов. ISBN 954-739-976-4.
  • Pollard, A.F. (2006). A Short History of the Great War. BiblioBazaar, LLC. ISBN 978-1-4264-2180-8.