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Monument to the brave French soldiers

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Monument to the brave French soldiers
Posted by castelnuovo on Monday, May 24, 2021 3:44 PM

This place I visited is almost right on the border between Croatia (right (West) on the image) and Montenegro. The dates are 1806 and 1914-1919.

Just thought to share as the location is quite off the beaten path

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Posted by stikpusher on Monday, May 24, 2021 3:53 PM

The Napoleanic Wars and World War One... interesting...

 

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Posted by keavdog on Monday, May 24, 2021 4:04 PM

Wow that's interesting.  Thanks for sharing. 

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Posted by GMorrison on Monday, May 24, 2021 9:43 PM

stikpusher

The Napoleanic Wars and World War One... interesting...

 

yes and to add to that, the horizontal stone looks like it might be from the Crusades. I will check it some more.

 

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Posted by GMorrison on Monday, May 24, 2021 11:32 PM

 Modeling is an excuse to buy books.

 

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Posted by castelnuovo on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 12:32 AM

WOW, thanks for the link, beautiful indeed. How did you find this video?

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Posted by GMorrison on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 2:10 AM

Some of the French grammar is a little strange so a Google image search helped a bit.

1806 was a good clue as that was a signiificant date in Napoleans attempt to gut Austro-Hungary from the bottom up after the A/H defeat at Austerlitz. I forget the name of the particular General he sent to the Balkans but the effort fizzled out.

Likewise the French and British invasion of the areas of Albania, Montenegro and Serbia in 1915 were failures, a diversion from the main attempt at invading the Dardanelles.

You come from a place of fascinating history. Any more definition of exactly where that monument is would be helpful. The background of the youtube takes your breath away.

My wifes grandparents on her mother's side, came from an area on the Adriatic in Italy uphill from Termoli. To this day the elders in the area speak the language they had in the 16th Century; a version on Medieval Croatian.

I'm most interested in that slab on the monument. It's a little hard to see the details, but it looks 12-13th Century to me.

We were in Yugoslavia in Sepytember 1988. Folks knew what was coming and were very afraid. The hotel we stayed in in Dubrovnic was blown up.

Stikpusher served there in the war.

 

Bill

 

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Posted by castelnuovo on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 12:33 PM

 

GM, if you go to Google maps and enter "sveti ilija, sutorina, montenegro" it will take you there. "Sveti Ilija" means Saint Ilija, "Sutorina" is the area and Montenegro of course, the country. Did you stay in hotel "Imperial" in Dubrovnik? That one and hotel "Belvedere" were very badly damaged. 

Also, just to correcet my original post as I made a mistake. If you are facing the cross you are facing West and therefore the right on the photo is North and it is part of MOntenegro that is visible. 

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Posted by GMorrison on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 2:48 PM

i REMEMBER THAT NOW. wE DID NOT GO THAT FAR SOUTH BUT THE cHURCH OF sAINT eLIJAH WAS IN THE TOURIST BOOKS. i'LL HAVE TO LOOK IT UP WHEN i GET HOME TONIGHT.

(whoops. not yelling, just forgot I've been working in CAD).

I'm a little surprised that there isn't a wikipedia page for it.

The hotel was neither of those, look to be beyond my pay grade. It was just steps outside the gate into the old city. More on that later.

 

Bill

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