Milunka Savic - the most decorated woman soldier in the First World War



Milunka Savic -  the most decorated woman soldier in the First World War

Milunka Savic -  the most decorated woman soldier in the First World War

Milunka Savic (06/24/1890 – 05/10/1973)  according to certain sources is the most decorated woman soldier in the First World War.
Born in Koprivnica near Raska, Serbia, disguised as a boy she reported in the army in place of her brother and participated in the Battle of Bregalnica during the Second Balkan War where she was decorated. During this battle Milunka was wounded and her hospital examination revealed her sex.
During the First World War she again voluntarily reports to army and after hers long insistence, she is accepted and distributed in the "Iron regiment". Milunka for the first time was decorated with Karadjordje star in the Battle of Kolubara and second time after the Battle of Black River where she alone captured 23 Bulgarian soldiers.
Milunka also participated in the battle near Grunishte, where she was wounded.
Demobilized in 1919 she lived in Belgrade where she worked as a postal worker. In 1923 marries Veljko Gligorijevic whom she met in Mostar, but divorced him soon after the birth of their daughter Milena. Later, despite its difficult financial position Milunka adopts three more daughters, and forgotten by everyone works as a cleaner.
During the socialism in 1945 Milunka was awarded a state pension but it is again insufficient for her and her children.
Long forgotten in one celebration of the anniversary of the First World War in 1972, she receives a great number of compliments from other military personnel and under public pressure due to published newspaper article that highlights her situation, Milunka was awarded an apartment in Belgrade.
Milunka Savic died in Belgrade on 5th October 1973.

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