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Battle of Murino

Battle of Murino
Part of Battles for Plav and Gusinje
Murino (crna gora).jpg
Murino in May 2011
Date8 January 1880
Location
42°39′25″N 19°52′34″E / 42.656833°N 19.876166°E / 42.656833; 19.876166
Result Montenegrin victory
Belligerents
 Principality of Montenegro League of Prizren
aid by:
 Ottoman Empire
Commanders and leaders
Marko Miljanov
Todor Miljanov
priest Đoko
Units involved
  • Albanian irregulars
  • Ottoman regulars
Strength
3,000 10,000
Casualties and losses
36 dead and 70 wounded 1,400
Battle of Murino is located in Montenegro
Battle of Murino
Location within modern-day Montenegro

On the third day of Serbian Christmas, January 8, 1880, about a month after the battle of Novšiće, around 10,000 pro-Ottoman[1] Albanians attacked the Montenegrin forces numbering 3,000, led by commanders Marko Miljanov and Todor Miljanov and priest Đoko,[2] in Murino.[1] At this battle, the Montenegrin forces were made up of the Bratonožići, Vasojevići and Moračani.[2] The Albanians, among whom were Ottoman regulars (as in previous battles),[2] had 1,400 casualties (dead and wounded), the Montenegrins 36 dead and 70 wounded.[2]

According to the Montenegrin Prince Nicholas, the defeat of retreating Ottoman forces was so devastating, that Montenegrin forces finished the battle before the night had fallen, which is something they usually don't do.[3] The Albanian irregulars burned down several villages, among which several (Velika, Ržanica and Pepić), belonged to the Vasojevići tribe.[4] This battle was considered as Montenegrin revenge for their defeat in the battle of Novšiće. Right after the battle of Murino, Marko Miljanov received a report that Albanians were boasting for keeping Plav and Gusinje, not for the battles they fought with the Montenegrins.[5] Some reports say that Montenegrin soldiers brought 221 noses they cut from the dead bodies of Ottoman Albanian irregulars.[6]

References

  1. ^ a b Istorijski institut u Titogradu 1982, p. 66.
  2. ^ a b c d Dva Petrovića Njegoša: Vladika Danilo Petrović
  3. ^ King Nikola I 1969, p. 567.
  4. ^ Ippen 1916.
  5. ^ Istorijski zapisi. Istorijski institut u Titogradu. 1982. p. 71. Црногорци су се добро осветили за пораз на Новшићу. У томе смислу карактеристично је обавјештење које је одмах послије боја на Мурини прибавио Марко Миљанов: „Албанци се једнако хвале што су уздржали Плав и Гусиње, а што се бојева тиче које су с нама чинили, њима се ни најмање не хвале.
  6. ^ Šarić, Blagoje (2005). Istorijske staze Šekulara. Pegaz. ISBN 978-86-7792-012-8. О борбама за одбрану села Велике и бојевима на Новшићу и Мурини, односно Пепићу, Ровински је слао за лист «Руски курир» извештаје који имају велики значај као архивска грађа. Што се погинулих Арнаута тиче он наводи да су борци «донели свом командиру Тодору Миљанову 221 нос. Носеви су пребројавани и о њиховом одсецању се прича тако једноставно, као о свакој обичној ствари». Тако да прича о одсецању носева у бици на Шекулару има пуно основа.

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