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Medal for Bravery, 1876
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Medal for Bravery, 1876
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Circular silver medal with eyelet for ribbon suspension; the face inscribed ‘ЗА / ХРАБРОСТ’ (for Bravery) and dated ‘1876’ above the Serbian Princely arms within a wreath of oak and laurel; the reverse inscribed ‘МИЛАН / М. ОБРЕНОВИЂ IV. / КЊАЗ СРПСКИ’ (Milan M. Obrenovich IV, Prince of Serbia) above a line with a central dot; on a replaced correct trifold ribbon. The Medal, Serbia’s first award for bravery, was instituted on 12 (24) July 1876 for acts of courage in the face of the enemy. On 18 July, 1876, Serbia and Montenegro declared war on Ottoman Turkey in support of the insurrection against Ottoman rule in Bosnia. The Montenegrin army defeated the Turks twice in battle but the Serbian army suffered defeat. By early September, bolstered by 5, 000 Russian volunteers, a 20,000-strong Serbian army launched an offensive in the Morava valley. On 29 October they were defeated by a 100,000-strong Turkish army at Djunis and only a Russian ultimatum to Turkey saved Serbia and Montenegro from annihilation. On 28 February 1877, Serbia signed a peace agreement. Following the outbreak of the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-1878, Serbia again entered the fighting on 1 December, 1877 and following Russian victory, Serbia and Montenegro gained full independence and additional territory. The Medal was made by a number of different makers; this example is from the first production which was most likely made in Russia. The Medal is very scarce.

 
Medal for Bravery, 1876
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Medal for Bravery, 1876
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Medal for Bravery, 1876
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