Ministry of defence Republic of Serbia

Commemoration of the 212th Anniversary of the Battle of Deligrad

Today, a delegation of the Ministry of Defence and Serbian Armed Forces laid a wreath at the place of trenches from the time of the First World War near a church with a charnel house of Saint Archangel Michael in the village of Deligrad near Aleksinac, on the occasion of marking the 214th anniversary of the Battle of Deligrad, in honour of the killed Serbian rebels.
The state wreath laying and homage paying ceremony was led by State Secretary in the Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs Nenad Nerić.
The wreaths were also laid by representatives of the Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs, municipality of Aleksinac and representatives of associations and citizens devoted to fostering traditions of liberation wars of Serbia.
Deligrad, a place on the right bank of the River of South Morava near Aleksinac, entered the history because of famous defence of fortified redoubts. The rebels fortified a system of trenches several kilometres long – positions which enclosed the route Niš-Belgrade. These positions were emplaced by Serbian rebels who were several thousand people strong. In the middle of 1806, the Ottoman Empire started a great offensive against the army of rebels. Under the command of Ibrahim-Pasha, on 16th June 1806, some 6000 Turks approached the walls of Deligrad positions which were defended by some 5000 rebels under command of Petar Dobrnjac.
The battles were fought for several weeks. The crew defended heroically. Since he defeated the Turks at Mišar, Karađorđe quickly moved his forces to the front of Deligrad, sent an army detachment led by Stanoje Glavaš to the rear and on 4th September broke the Ottoman forces, forcing them back towards Niš.
Photo: Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs