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  • 15 June 1389, the Battle of Kosovo Polje

    The Battle of Kosovo, or Kosovo Polje, was a massive defeat for the medieval Serbian state, which fell under Turkish rule for over 500 years as a result of the battle. The collapse of the Serbs (and their allies) led to the fall of the entire Balkans and Hungary, with the Turks eventually reaching the gates of Vienna. Here is the medieval record, in part:

    1389. On June 15, the day of St. Vitus, a Tuesday, there was a battle between the Bosnians and the Great Turk. These Bosnians were Despot Lazar, king of Bosnia; Vuk Brankovic; and Vojvoda
    Vlatko Vukovic. There were great losses of both Turks and Bosnians, and only a few returned to their country. And Emperor Murad was killed as was the king of Bosnia. Because of the great losses neither the Turks nor the Bosnians gained the victory. And the battle was on Kosovo Polje (the Field of Blackbirds).

    That one [Murad] marched on with his troops of unbelievers, and this one [Lazar] would not allow the destruction of godliness and the humiliation and the desecration of the relics and the cross. There was a battle between them, and in this battle the infidel tyrant fell by the sword in the middle of the battlefield together with many of his heathen soldiers; and one of his sons remained. And toward the end of this battle - I do not know what to say in truth about this, whether he [Lazar] was betrayed by one of his own or whether God's judgment was fulfilled in this - he [Bayezid] took him [Lazar] in his hands, and after much torture he himself cut off his venerable, God-fearing head.

    References:
    http://www.deremilitari.org/RESOURCE...LES/emmert.htm
    http://www.kosovo.com/kosbitka.html
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  • #2
    I actually have a book called the Battle of Kosovo Polje which I bought in Kosovo in 2000. I've been to the battlefield and have photographs of it. It is presently guarded 24/7 by KFOR or it would be destroyed by the Kosovo Albanians of left unguarded. (Don't know if it's still that way, but it was in 2001 when I left). I'll scan the photo and attach it here later on today.
    http://canadiangenealogyandresearch.ca

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    • #3
      Here are my photos of the monumnet commemorating the battle. The battlefield is located just North of the Province's capital, Pristina:
      Attached Files
      http://canadiangenealogyandresearch.ca

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      • #4
        A close up look:
        Attached Files
        http://canadiangenealogyandresearch.ca

        Soviet and Canadian medal collector!

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        • #5
          The battle that sowed such hatred, surviving even today in the Balkans. The Kosovar Albanians not even active participants, drew the ire, (and soon after the hatred) of the Serbians. Something I think we in the US have trouble concieving of.
          Mens Est Clavis Victoriae
          (The Mind Is The Key To Victory)

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          • #6
            Originally posted by hogdriver
            The battle that sowed such hatred, surviving even today in the Balkans. The Kosovar Albanians not even active participants, drew the ire, (and soon after the hatred) of the Serbians. Something I think we in the US have trouble concieving of.
            It was at a commemoration of this battle that Slobodan Milosevic made his first big step as a nationalist Serb, which led to the destruction of Yugoslavia and a long visit to the Hague for him (not to mention the deaths of thousands).

            JS

            PS - Just a reminder, too, that there is more to WTTA than the 4 subforums. Please take a look at the rest of the stuff -- it's getting ignored!
            Barcsi János ispán vezérőrnagy
            Time Magazine's Person of the Year for 2003 & 2006


            "Never pet a burning dog."

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            http://www.scv.org/
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            • #7
              One of the problems with the UN's peace keeping mission is that most westerners just don't have a clue how deep seated the hatred is between these two cultures..........
              Lance W.

              Peace through superior firepower.

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