Battle of Deligrad
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|Battle of Deligrad|
|Part of First Serbian uprising|
|Serbian revolutionaries||Ottoman Empire|
|Commanders and leaders|
| Karađorđe Petrović
Mladen Milovanović Tomo Milinović
|37,000 men||55,000 men|
|Casualties and losses|
|about 3,000 dead||more than 30.000 dead|
The Battle of Deligrad was fought between Serbia and the Ottoman Empire in 1806.
The First Serbian Uprising had begun in 1804 with the expulsion of the ruling janissary elite and the proclamation of an independent Serbian state by the revolution's leader, Karađorđe. The Ottoman Sultan, Selim III sent a huge Turkish force to quell the uprising. The Serbian high command decided to meet the Turkish force under Ibrahim Bushati, pasha of Shkodër, at Deligrad.
The Serbian right wing numbered 6,000 men under the command of Mladen Milovanović at Bela Palanka. The center consisted of 18,000 troops which would be placed at the Kunovaci mountain. The left wing would be composed of 6,000 men under the command of Milenko Stojković with an additional 4,500 reserve troops to guard from any possible Turkish flank attack from Niš. Stanoje Glavaš would command the elite and cavalry troops whose job was to delve deep into enemy territory and harass them as much as possible. Tomo Milinović was a head of artillery and made significant effort by good positioning and frequent relocation of the cannons.
The Turkish Army consisted of 55,000 regular troops with additional auxiliary and Janissary support. The Serbian army withstood several enemy offensives. The Serbian rebels also attacked the Turkish positions numerous times and managed to capture 9 Turkish cannons. Meanwhile, the elite troops of Stanoje Glavaš effectively liberated Prokuplje thereby splitting the Turkish army in two. The Turkish wing under the command of Pazvanoglu was swiftly defeated by Mladen Milovanović and the Ottoman force was routed.
- Esdaile, Charles, Napoleon's Wars, (Viking Adult, 2008), 252.
- Esdaile, Charles, Napoleon's Wars, (Viking Adult, 2008).