Pavle Jurišić Šturm
Šturm was one of the most important commanders in the Serbian army in the War, especially during its first two years, the time when his 3rd army was main support either for the 2nd army during the battle of Cer, or for the 1st army during the battle of Kolubara.
Paulus Sturm, an ethnic Sorb (a Slavic people also known as "Wends"), was born and raised in Görlitz (Upper Sorbian: Zhorjelc, Lower Sorbian: Zgórjelc), in Prussian Silesia. He and his brother Eugene (Evgenije) finished the royal Prussian military academy in Breslau (Wrocław), and participated in the Franco-Prussian War. They later resigned their commissions and moved to the Principality of Serbia, prior to the Serbian–Ottoman War (1876–78), in order to lecture at the Serbian Military Academy in Belgrade. With the outbreak of the war, the two brothers joined the Serbian Army as volunteers.
He fell in love with Serbia instantly, marrying a Serbian woman. In order to become naturalized, he changed his name into Pavle Jurišić-Šturm in 1876. Pavle being a cognate of Paulus, and Jurišić being derived from a modulated translation of the word "charge" (sturm in German, juriš in Serbian), as in thunderstorm. He kept his German last name as an alias ("Šturm").
His son, whom he had with his Serbian wife, was a sergeant in the Serbian army who participated in all major battles in the Serbian theater in World War I, from Cer and Kolubara, then retreated over frozen Albania, and was treated at Vido (Corfu), then participated in the Serbian advance and breaking of the Salonika Front.
After years of peace that followed, Šturm stayed in Serbia and remained in its army with the rank of general. He died in 1922 at his home in Belgrade.
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Pavle Jurišić - Šturm, Lužički Srbin, pruski oficir, srpski đeneral, pedeset i šest godina nosio je uniformu i ratovao protiv Francuza, Turaka, Arnauta, Bugara, Austrougara i Nemaca. Borio se u sedan ratova i u njima proveo ...
- The South Slav Journal. 22-23. Dositey Obradovich Circle. 2001.
This was true of the brothers Eugene and Pavle Jurisic, natives of Gorlitz on the Neisse in Upper Luzica (Slavic: Izgorelc, Source: Zyhorelik in pari i bus Milesko, 1131), who, resigning their commissions in Prussia's armed forces, immigrated to ...
- Barrie Pitt; Peter Young (1970). History of the First World War. Purnell.
In the late spring of 1916 such of the Third Army as survived these ordeals was reconstituted on the outskirts of Salonika and placed under the command of General Pavle Jurisic, a septuagenarian veteran of the Franco-Prussian War of ...
- Hannes Grandits; Robert Pichler; Nathalie Clayer (30 March 2011). Conflicting Loyalties in the Balkans: The Great Powers, the Ottoman Empire and Nation-building. I.B.Tauris. pp. 210–. ISBN 978-0-85771-937-9.
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- Milatović, Petar (19 December 2014). "Сви јуриши браће Штурм" [All Storms of Šturm Brothers] (in Serbian). Politikin Zabavnik. Retrieved 21 December 2014.
- "Од пруског водника до српског генерала" [From Prussian Sergeant to Serbian General]. Radio Television of Serbia. 12 October 2014. Retrieved 21 December 2014.
- "Šturm ponovo dobija bistu" [Šturm Gets the Monument Again]. Vesti Online. 12 March 2014. Retrieved 21 December 2014.