Sunday, November 22, 2009

"Why the Serbs are Great" - A Tribute Booklet now available!





The Serbian Krsna Slava // Photo by Aleksandra Rebic April 2009



The Great Serbian Army with King Petar I Karageorgevich
World War One



Hand Carved Wood Doors by Branislav Kevich
 at Gracanica Monastery Third Lake, IL. U.S.A.
Photo: Aleksandra Rebic June 28, 2009



Ravna Gora, Serbia May 2003 / Photo by Aleksandra Rebic


Ravna Gora, Serbia February 1995 / Photo by Aleksandra Rebic


Serbs and their "Albanian Golgotha" / World War One


Serbian Christmas ("Bozic") January 7th.
Photo by Aleksandra Rebic January 7, 2009


Three of the 25 Reasons Why the Serbs are Great!:



1. Serbs are great because they are true survivors. Throughout the many centuries of their existence as a people, they have been faced with virtually every obstacle and adversity known to mankind and have always emerged resilient and unbeaten with forgiveness in their hearts.

7. Serbs are blessed with great good humor, genuine warmth, generous hearts, and the talent to tell a good story or joke with a memorable punch line no matter when, where, or what the circumstances. Serbs are never boring. Once you know them, it’s impossible not to like them.

23. Serbs rank among the bravest people on the planet. Perhaps due to necessity, perhaps to geography, which, in their case, has always been a pivotal factor, perhaps due to the essence of their Christian nature, the Serbs are a people of whom it can be said unequivocally ‘They are fearless.’ The courage of the Serbs is legendary and rightfully so. Though Serbian bravery is the stuff of legend and always has been, it is no myth. The Serbs are the ‘Davids’ to the world’s ‘Goliaths’.




Part of the "Reconsidering what we take for Granted Series" by Aleksandra Rebic, Why the Serbs are Great is a 25 page booklet filled with 25 simple truths and reminders about why a heroic and unique people like the Serbs should never be taken for granted and why they should be appreciated. So much more than a greeting card for not much more! This 5 1/2 by 8 inch coil-bound booklet is printed on excellent quality paper with rich color photographs included along with the text. In Why the Serbs are Great there are a couple of blank pages included for you to write your own notes or message to a friend or loved one who understands what makes the Serbs special and worthy of appreciation, or an acquaintance or stranger who hasn't yet discovered the treasures to be found in Serbian culture. This booklet also serves as a tribute to the Christian heritage of the Orthodox Serbs, highlighting what makes the contributions of the Serbs to world history and the legacy of those contributions so worthy of our respect.


For 1 to 25 copies, the price is $5.99 each.


For 26-50 copies, the price is $5.75 each.


For 51-75 copies, the price is $5.50 each.


For 76-100 copies or more, the price is $5.25 each.



All the prices above include the tax. The shipping and handling charge for one booklet shipped anywhere in the United States is $2.25.


If you would like to purchase more than one booklet, please contact me and I will create a separate listing to incorporate the shipping and handling charge based on the weight of the number of booklets desired and their destination.









Sincerely,


Aleksandra Rebic



*****

If you would like to get in touch with me, Aleksandra, please feel free to get in touch with me at heroesofserbia@yahoo.com


*****













Friday, November 13, 2009

Milunka Savic: WWI veteran / The most decorated female combatant in the history of warfare




















Milunka Savić (Serbian: Милунка Савић; 1888 - 1973) was a Serbian woman war hero from The First World War, recognized as the most-decorated female combatant in the entire history of warfare. She was wounded no less than nine times during her term-of-service.


She was born in a village known as Koprivnica near Raška, Serbia in 1888. In 1913, her brother received call-up papers for mobilization this, in the war between Serbia and Bulgaria. She elected to go in his place - donning men’s clothes and joining the Serb Army. She quickly saw action and received her first medal and was promoted to Corporal in the battle of Bregalnica. Engaged in battle, she sustained wounds and it was only then, when recovering from her injuries in hospital, that her true gender was revealed - much to the surprise of the attending physicians.

In 1914, during the height of World War I, she was awarded her first Karađorđe Star with Swords after the battle of Kolubara where she single-handedly captured 20 German prisoners. She received her second Karađorđe Star (with Swords) after the battle of Crna Reka in 1916 when she captured no less than 23 Bulgarian soldiers single-handedly.

In Thessalonica, as a test of skill, she hit a bottle of cognac at 40 m distance with a hand grenade, thereby winning a wager with French General Maurice Sarrail. The remaining 19 bottles of expensive 1880 cognac she shared amongst the soldiers of her company.


She was awarded the French Légion d’Honneur (Legion of Honour) twice, Russian Cross of St. George, English medal of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael, Serbian Miloš Obilić medal. She is the sole female recipient of the French Croix de Guerre (War Cross) with the palm attribute.

After WWI, she turned down an offer to move to France, where she was eligible to collect a comfortable French army pension. Instead, she choose to live in Belgrade, but people soon forgot her merits, this as the political winds changed with the inauguration of Tito, and she effectively was deemed persona non-grata in her own country and was forced into subsistence living - ekeing out an existence as a lowly cleaning lady till her death in 1973.


She died in Belgrade on 5 October 1973.


________________________________________

Source link:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milunka_Savi%C4%87

____________________________________________________





U našem narodu su solunci sinonim za predane rodoljube, postojane stradalnike i hrabre ratnike. Drugim rečima, to su proslavljeni veterani našeg slobodarstva. U tome, naravno, nisu zaostajale ni žene-solunci, a među njima se naročito isticala tiha i neustrašiva Milunka Savić. Rođena 1888. godine u selu Koprivnici kod Raške, Milunka Savić se u Balkanskim ratovima 1912. i 1913. godine borila kao dobrovoljac. U dobrovoljačku jedinicu je primljena zahvaljujući lukavstvu - odsekavši kosu, stavivši šajkaču i preobučena u muškarca. U sastavu Drinske divizije je, između ostalog, učestvovala u borbama oko opsednutog Skadra (zauzet 22. aprila 1913. godine) i u Bregalničkoj bici (30. juna do 8. jula 1913. godine). Na Bregalnici je dobila kaplarski čin i prvu medalju za hrabrost. No tu je ranjena i u bolnici je otkriveno da je - žena.


U Prvom svetskom ratu se Milunka Savić naročito istakla kao bombaš u Kolubarskoj bici. Tu je, za višestruko herojstvo, dobila Karađorđevu zvezdu sa mačevima. Premda je prilikom povlačenja srpske vojske 1915. godine teško ranjena, ona je, preneta kroz Albaniju, dospela na Krf i, posle lečenja i oporavka u Bizerti, ponovo staje u prve borbene redove srpske vojske, u kojoj se i danas ističe hrabrošću. U bici na Crnoj reci zarobila je 23 bugarska vojnika... Dobila je mnoga, i najviša, odlikovanja, među kojima i dva Francuska ordena Legije časti i medalju "Miloš Obilić". Umrla je u Beogradu 5. oktobra 1973. godine, zapostavljena, kao i svi solunci. Ali njenu legendu ne može ništa da zatamni.


Source link:

http://www.srpsko-nasledje.rs/sr-l/1999/01/article-9.html


*****

If you would like to get in touch with me, Aleksandra, please feel free to contact me at heroesofserbia@yahoo.com


*****



Thursday, November 12, 2009

Armistice Day 2009 marked in Serbia

The following is from http://www.b92.net/

Tanjug

November 11, 2009


BELGRADE -- A ceremony for the anniversary of Armistice Day in World War I was held at the New Cemetery in Belgrade.













British, Russian, German and French ambassadors attend the ceremony (Beta)

The anniversary was organized with high state and military honors and the laying of wreaths at a memorial dedicated to the World War I liberators of Belgrade, and the ceremony was attended by Culture Minister Nebojša Bradich.

The minister noted in his address that on this day in 1918 World War I ended, adding that “the curtain fell on the butchering of many people, especially Serbs.”

91 years ago marked the end of a great bloodshed which threatened to exterminate us from this earth,” he said, adding that the heroics of the Serb army were "bordering on self-destructive" and that only “faith in ourselves and unity with our allies saved us from catastrophe”.


The Kingdom of Serbia fought the war on the side of the Allied Powers, and Bradich mentioned some of the most illustrious military leaders, such as Radomir Putnik, Stepa Stepanovich, Zivojin Misich, and Petar Bojovich.


The ceremony was attended by government and military officials and ambassadors and defense envoys from Austria, Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Greece, Italy, Canada, Hungary, Germany, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, France, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, the United Kingdom, and the United States.



http://www.b92.net/eng/news/society-article.php?yyyy=2009&mm=11&dd=11&nav_id=62958


THE FOLLOWING ARE COMMENTS THAT FOLLOWED THE ABOVE STORY ON B92.NET:

Was a ceremony for the anniversary of Armistice Day marked in Croatia & Albania? (JohnnySRB, 11 November 2009 19:50)

Or in the narco-terror stillborn entity that nobody wants? (milan, 12 November 2009 07:21)

______________

A great victory of our Serbian army against our eternal enemies,the Germans,Austrians,Croatians and Albanians. Unfortunately our stupid politicians wasted this chance to create a Greater Serbia. But we will achieve it. (CG, 11 November 2009 20:48)

I agree with you. At the end of WWI Serbia should have created its own nation and since it was emerged victorious at WWI it could have Krajina,parts of Bosnia,Macedonia and entire Kosovo,but instead Serbia ended up joining the Kingdom of Croats and Slovenes which later became Yugoslavia, this was catastrophic move for Serbs to this day.Also I believe Constantinople should have been returned to Greece at the end of WWI (brazilskifarmer, 12 November 2009 01:56)


_____________________

Aleksandra's Note:

The meaning of "Greater Serbia" has been grossly misrepresented throughout the decades (going back as far as the 19th century) as a pejorative for the purposes of deliberately misleading people about the objectives of the Serbs to establish a "Unified" state under which ALL Serbs of the former Yugoslavia are protected.


Because different groups of Serbs found themselves living in various (sometimes very unfriendly) locations in the former Yugoslavia, such as Croatia, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Voyvodina, Montenegro and Macedonia, they would often find themselves separated from Serbia proper (their "Piedmont") which was to their detriment.

"Greater Serbia" stands for one thing and one thing only: The unification of all the Serbs in all the Serbian lands under one flag. The best analogy that I can provide for the true motivation and intention and goal behind the desire to form a "Greater Serbia" is "The United States of America":

*Serbs living in different Serbian lands united and protected under one national flag.


*Americans living in different states united and protected under one national flag.


________________


To get in touch with me, Aleksandra, please feel free to contact me at heroesofserbia@yahoo.com


*****

Friday, November 6, 2009

Italian World War One postcards highlight Serbia




Serb fighting an Austrian and a German,
while the Bulgarian stabs and the Greek stands

WWI Italian postcard




The Lion of Serbia

Italian WWI Postcard




*****

If you would like to get in touch with me, Aleksandra, please feel free to contact me at heroesofserbia@yahoo.com


*****