The valley of the Shushica (Lumi i Vlorës) with the Gribë mountains in the background
|Main source||Vlorë County|
|Length||80 km (50 mi)|
The Shushicë or Vlora river is a river in southern Albania, tributary of the Vjosë. Its source is in the Vlorë County, near the village Kuç, municipality Himarë. It flows generally northwest through Brataj, Kotë and Shushicë and flows into the Vjosë near Armen, northeast of Vlorë.
The agricultural use of the river valley by agriculture is very intensive and begins at the headwaters. Along the river there are so far three bridges which are located on the lower reaches at Peshkëpi , Drashovicë and Kotë.
In December 1940, the advancing Greek forces penetrated through Shushicë valley pushing back the Italian units in a successful operation that lead to the fall of Himara. In late 1943 the area was the battlefield of the battle of Drashovica.
- An abridged history of the Greek-Italian and Greek-German war, 1940-1941: (land operations). Athens: Hellenic Army General Staff, Army History Directorate. 1997. p. 117.
The successful outcome of this battle was of particular importance, since the occupation of Koutsi saddle opened the road through the Siousitsa valley... After that, the Italians abandoned Himara, into which the Greek troops entered, in the morning of December 22.
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