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Dr. Vojislav Subotić, a Patriot With a Scalpel

Poor sanitation and living conditions in Serbia during the Great War did not prevent many Serbian doctors to become pioneers in various fields of medicine. Dr. Vojislav Subotić (1859 – 1923) should certainly be included in this group. Living in a historically volatile time, he had the opportunity to participate in five successive wars. In World War I, despite poor …

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Vuka Popadić – The Bravest Belgrader in the Great War

During World War I seemingly ordinary people demonstrated ability to perform heroic deeds. A special place among them is reserved for Vuka Popadić, the bravest citizen of Belgrade who will be remembered for her heroism and nobility. During the first days of the war Vuka Popadić captured fifteen Austrian soldiers whom she offered water and slatko (a type of Serbian …

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Living in Belgrade in the Early Days of the Great War

By July 1914, Belgrade was a cheerful city with rich and colorful squares and streets. However, this picture was changed by an Austrian dispatch that arrived in Serbia on July 28. In a very short time, many troubles befell Belgrade and its residents. In just a few days, havoc and fear struck the districts of Dorćol and Savamala; quiet shopping …

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Reed’s Land of Death

Soiled, torn streets, clouds of smoke and dust, smell of gunpowder, arsons and rotting human bodies piled on top of each other: this was the picture of Serbia in the Great War. The courage of this small country that has stood shoulder to shoulder with the world powers, has intrigued many. Among them was an American journalist and writer John …

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The diary of Slavka Mihajlović

  The diary of Dr. Slavka Mihajlović represents a unique document from the period of the Great War. In her writings, in the most direct manner, the young doctor describes the life and work of doctors and hospital staff, as well as the difficulties they faced during the war trying to assist a large number of sick and wounded, while …

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The Kajmakčalan Watchtower

After eighteen days of heavy and indecisive fighting at Kajmakčalan, the Serbian army was able to open the “Gate of Freedom” and return triumphantly to its homeland. Traveling by bullock carts, on poor roads and in bad weather, the soldiers brought not only pride and freedom, but also a memory of the great victory at Kajmakčalan that enabled them to …

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The Serbian Field Marshals of World War I

The stories about heroism of the famous military leaders are being retold today, the songs are being sung, and the books are being written, while some military strategies are being studied at the most prestigious universities in the world. Thanks to their deeds and sacrifice in the wars – especially in World War I – that have plagued Serbia at …

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Nikola Pašić, politician for half a century

From the legislator to the founder of the People’s Radical Party and all the way from being proclaimed as the conspirator during the reign of Obrenović dynasty to the most influential politician during the reign of Karađorđevićs. Serbian Prime Minister in two Balkan wars and WWI, banished and sentenced to death, then pardoned and appreciated. That is the story of …

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Serbian government’s dignified answer to the July Crisis ultimatum

The Royal Serbian Government had two days to respond to the shameful Austro-Hungarian ultimatum in 1915. The Prime Minister Nikola Pašić personally delivered the answer. As soon as he returned to the cabinet, Baron Giesl sent his response in form of a letter, stating that the diplomatic relations between two countries have been severed. The Royal Serbian Government’s response to …

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Hardened field marshal honours the defenders of Belgrade

„You are not going to the Italian, or Russian, or the French front. You are going into a fight against a new enemy who is dangerous, tough, brave and sharp. You are going to the Serbian front, to Serbia, and Serbs are the people who love their freedom and who are willing to fight for it to their last. Do …

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