Wednesday, April 14, 2010

"The Five Years War - The Serbs in 1912-1916" - by Sampson Tchernoff / A Very Special Collection



Aleksandra's Note:

This postcard collection, called
The Five Years War - The Serbs in 1912-1916
by Sampson Tchernoff
is a work of art. The story these images tell is one of
endurance, perseverance and survival,
and there is beauty and grace even in war.
Anyone of Serbian heritage today can be very proud
of the stock from which they came.
What these Serbians had in them in the years
1912 thru 1916,
a period of time during which they were engaged in the
 two Balkan Wars and the First World War,
is amazing.
These Serbs - the leaders, the soldiers and the civilians,
exemplify what the human spirit
 is capable of in the most difficult of circumstances.

Aleksandra Rebic


The following postcard collection by Sampson Tchernoff
is stored at www.uky.edu
(The University of Kentucky)
U.S.A.



Inscription on the back reads: "The Crown Prince reviews the
Artillery after the capture of Monastir." 8th Nov. 1912

Inscription on the back reads: "The Limit of Human Endurance."1913

Inscription on the back reads: "Serbian Heavy Guns at Adrianople."1913

Inscription on the back reads: "A Serbian Transport of Wounded
after the Battle of Bregalnitsa with the Bulgarians." 1913

Inscription on the back reads: "The Graves of 8000 Serbian
Soldiers who fell at Adrianople fighting for Bulgaria."
(Nov. 1912 - March 1913)

Inscription on the back reads: "A Serbian Sentry at the Park
of Kalimegdan, 29th July, 1914, the first day after
the War was declared with Austria."

Inscription on the back reads: "King Peter on the Battlefield." 1914

Inscription on the back reads: "Men fighting, Women Retreating
before the enemy." 1915

Inscription on the back reads: "An Ammunition Transport at
Gramada." 1915

Inscription on the back reads: "Walking from Gramada to Albania." 1915

Inscription on the back reads: "Serbian Army retreating across the
River Morava." 1915

Inscription on the back reads: "Cavalry Relays at Pirot." 1915

Inscription on the back reads: "From Ipek to Adreyevitsa." 1915

Inscription on the back reads: "Hurry Up! The Children are cold!" 1915

Inscription on the back reads: "The Serbian Army crossing Tchakor." 1915

Inscription on the back reads: "Lost in the snow!" 1915

Inscription on the back reads: "Remnants of an Army - Serbia 1915"

Inscription on the back reads: "Serbian Soldier eating the flesh
of a dead horse." 1915

Inscription on the back reads: "Serbian Soldier dying from hunger
on the streets of Scutari." 1915

Inscription on the back reads: "In Exile!" 1915

Inscription on the back reads: "Remnants of Serbian Artillery
after the Retreat." 1915

Inscription on the back reads: "After Albania at Corfu." 1915

Inscription on the back reads: "The Olive Trees of Corfu cannot
replace the Plum Trees of Serbia." 1916



Thank you to the University of Kentucky for holding this
beautiful collection of "The Five Years War: The Serbs in
1912-1916" by Sampson Tchernoff safe for posterity.

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4 comments:

Anna Jekich Pullinger said...

Wonderful, evocative photographs that confirm my sense that our ancestors led (or suffered) epic lives, survived against the odds, and remain forever heroic in our conscious and unconscious memories. Because I am so in awe of them, I feel as though my own ancestors walk beside me every day. They give me much to live up to.

Aleksandra said...

I could not have said it better, Anna. Thank you for your comment. I agree with you completely. Aleksandra

immigration said...

Evocative photographs of astonishing clarity. A healing respite within a fearsome blue graveyard. Soaked wool in the unstable death-laden snow. An exhausted soul struggling to free itself from a body already dead. Keeping a child, and hope alive. A photographer too weary to get in front of a man pushed ahead only by his spirit. Need we go on? Thank God for allowing this blood of heroes to pulse through my veins, if only for this short journey on Earth.

Anonymous said...

Слажем се са свима вама; слике су заиста прелијепе и заиста оном нашем унутрашњем и херојском и како Ана каже свјесном и несвјесном.

Душан