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- September 1, 2012 at 9:10 am #343918
Does anyone know of any accounts of the 1915 retreat through the Albanian and Montenegran mountains by Serbs but accessible in English? – I have read lots of accounts by English nurses, American journalists, an English Admiral, English and American women, both in the Serbian army and as volunteers setting up canteens etc. But the only account I have been able to find by a Serb is 'Serbia Crucified' by Milutin Krunich. Apparently a Serbian schoolgirl named Katarina Kostic who made the journey wrote a diary and it is mentioned in a BBC documentary, but I have been unable to track it down. Serbian soldier Steva Stevanovic apparently also wrote a memoir but I can find no trace of this either.
Hope someone can help.September 1, 2012 at 9:01 pm #394041
Around 135,000 soldiers reached Corfu island, in Bizerte about 12,000, and from starvation, disease and Albanian bandits was killed more than 240,000 soldiers and civilians. I didn't find some official datas, those are estimated numbers.September 1, 2012 at 9:02 pm #394042
Rasto Petrović described his expirience in his novel Sixth Day (Дан шести).September 11, 2012 at 2:34 pm #394043
Thankyou both. I have looked extensively for Sixth Day by Rastko Petrovic on the internet and all I could find in English was a small fragment of the story and a few references in bibliographies. There were copies of the book in Serbian but I'm afraid that is no use to me. I'm starting to think that perhaps the whole book has not been published in English. If anyone can point me to an English Edition that would be very useful.September 19, 2012 at 11:33 am #394044
If interested in the retreat, you should watch this:December 8, 2012 at 7:23 am #394045
Thanks Cvetinov, but its a while since I was here and your clip had been removed. However, for anyone interested I found 'South to Destiny' by Dobrica Cosic which was interesting but focuses on the political aspects and, as you might expect, is a very personal view.December 8, 2012 at 11:47 am #394046
AnonymousQuote:Thanks Cvetinov, but its a while since I was here and your clip had been removed. However, for anyone interested I found 'South to Destiny' by Dobrica Cosic which was interesting but focuses on the political aspects and, as you might expect, is a very personal view.
– Be quick, before they remove it.January 17, 2013 at 1:26 am #394047
Thanks Cvetinov – Only just got email notification of this – (there was a problem with my email which I was unaware of). I watched the whole film, and although I was familiar with most of the material, there were many still photographs which I had not seen before and these in themselves add much insight.
On a different subject, I recently came upon a book which you may be of interest to Slavorum members. The title is 'Peasant Renaissance in Yugoslavia 1900 – 1950' by Ruth Trouton. It was published in 1952 so is a little hard to get. I have not finished reading it yet but it is very informative, particularly on social change and education.
Anyway – Thanks again
RichardApril 21, 2015 at 10:26 pm #432096
I may be able to help…ever heard of ‘ blackbirds field ‘by victor komski? He came from a military family and his memoirs cover 1912 to 1918.he also fought in both balkin wars.he was captured during the great retreat and spent time in a hungarian prison camp, escaping twice! Its an awesome read if you can find it.also ‘the snows of serbia,’ but I havent read it …yet.
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