Battle of Vučji Do

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Battle of Vučji Do
Part of
Battle of Vučji Do, Orao, 1877.jpg
From the illustrative magazine Orao (1877)
Date 18 July 1876
Location Vučji Do, Sanjak of Herzegovina
(now Montenegro)
Result decisive Montenegrin-Herzegovinian victory
Belligerents
 Principality of Montenegro
Herzegovinian rebels
 Ottoman Empire
Commanders and leaders
Prince Nikola I
Bajo Bošković
Jole Piletić
Peko Pavlović
Petar Vukotić
Ahmed Muhtar Pasha
Osman Nuri Pasha  (POW)
Selim Pasha  
Strength
17 Montenegrin battalions
11 Herzegovinian battalions
4 cannons
24 battalions
12 cannons
Casualties and losses
70 deaths
118 wounded
4000 deaths and wounded

The Battle of Vučji Do (Serbian Cyrillic: Битка код Вучјег дола) was a major battle that took place on 18 July 1876 in Vučji Do, Sanjak of Herzegovina, fought between the combined forces of Montenegrin and Eastern Herzegovinian tribes (battalions) against the Ottoman Army under Grand Vizier Ahmed Muhtar Pasha. The Montenegrin-Herzegovinian forces heavily defeated the Ottomans, and managed to capture two of their commanders. In addition, they captured a large consignment of armament.

Background[edit]

As the Uprising in Herzegovina continued, Germany, Russia and Austria-Hungary proposed a two-month truce at the meeting held in mid-May. At the same time negotiations between the Serbian and Montenegrin governments result to the two declaring war on the Ottoman Empire on 30 June 1876.

Battle[edit]

The battle took place in Vučji Do, near Bileća in Herzegovina (modern Republika Srpska), then part of the Bosnia Vilayet of the Ottoman Empire.

Selim Pasha was cut down by Đoko Lazarev Popović (Ћоко Лазарев Поповић), from Cuce, while Osman Pasha was captured by Luka Filipov Dragišić (Лука Филипов Драгишић), from Piperi.[1][2]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nikola I (1969). Govori. Obod. p. 272. 
  2. ^ Crnogorci u anegdotama i pričama. Pobjeda. 1986. p. 295. 

Sources[edit]

  • Gavro Vukotić, Rat 1876 Crne Gore sa Turskom, Cetinje 1929. (COBISS.SR-ID:30379271)
  • Lj. Poleksić, Boj na Vučjem Dolu 28. jula 1876, Ratnik, X/1940
  • Dimitrije Trifunović, Vučji Do, Military encyclopaedia (second edition), том X, p. 626, Vojnoizdavački zavod Belgrade, Belgrade 1975
  • Мilutin Miljušković Velike crnogorske bitke: Vučji do i Fundina, Podgorica 1997. (COBISS.SR-ID:121793031)

Coordinates: 42°56′38″N 18°24′28″E / 42.94389°N 18.40778°E / 42.94389; 18.40778