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Battle of Murino
Part of Battles for Plav and Gusinje
Murino (crna gora).jpg

Murino in May 2011
DateJanuary 8, 1880
Location42°39′25″N 19°52′34″E / 42.656833°N 19.876166°E / 42.656833; 19.876166
Result Unclear; both sides claimed victory
Belligerents
Principality of Montenegro League of Prizren
aid by:
 Ottoman Empire
Commanders and leaders
Marko Miljanov
Todor Miljanov
priest Đoko
Kurt Asllani
Nure Kurti
Units involved
Strength
3,000 (montenegrin claim)
9,000 (albanian claim)
7,000 (albanian claim)
10,000 (montenegrin claim)
Casualties and losses
unknown
1200 (albanian claim)
at least 349
Battle of Murino is located in Montenegro
Battle of Murino
Location within modern-day Montenegro

The Battle of Murino took place on January 8, 1880, between the Principality of Montenegro and the League of Prizren. It was part of the battles about the sovereignty over Plav and Gusinje. According to the treaty of Berlin, the Ottoman Empire was to hand over the region to Montenegro, but this move was militarily opposed by local Albanians. At the time of the battle, Montenegrin sources claim that around 10,000 Albanians from the League of Prizren fought against Montenegrin forces numbering 3,000, led by commanders Marko Miljanov and Todor Miljanov and priest Đoko, in Murino.[1] Albanian sources claim that around 4,000 Albanian soldiers of the League of Prizren and 3,000 local volunteers fought against 9,000 Montenegrins.[2]

The battle at Murino occurred about a month later after the battle of Novšiće (December 4, 1879) as the Ottoman high command was preparing to send troops from Monastir under Ahmed Muhtar Pasha to pacify local resistance to the annexation. The Montenegrin forces moved from Pepići against the positions in Metej, near Plava when they were intercepted by the League of Prizren. After the skirmish, the Montenegrin forces withdrew to Sutjeska, near Andrijevica and Albanian irregulars burned down the Vasojevići settlements, Velika, Ržanica and Pepići. Both sides after the battle claimed victory.[3] In Montenegro, Prince Nicholas claimed that the defeat of the Albanians was so devastating, that Montenegrin forces finished the battle before the night had fallen, which is something they usually don't do.[4] 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. ^ Istorijski institut u Titogradu 1982, p. 66.
  2. ^ "AlbaniaPress.com / ShqiperiaPress.com - Mbrojtja e Plavës dhe e Gucisë (tetor 1879-janar 1880)". www.albaniapress.com. Retrieved September 19, 2021.
  3. ^ Ippen 1916, p. 372.
  4. ^ King Nikola I 1969, p. 567.
  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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