08 January 2021

Not every war hero carries a gun

Ahmed Ademović (1873–1965) was a Serbian trumpeter who received the Karađorđe's Star military decoration for his involvement at the Battle of Kumanovo of the First Balkan War in which Serbia fought against the Ottoman Empire. 

The battle started 50 km earlier than the Serbian troops expected as the better prepared Ottomans surprised them. Ademović got behind the Ottoman forces and sounded his trumpet for retreat. He then ran back to the Serbian troops and sounded for attack. Ahmed's cleverness made him one of the heroes of the battle won by the Serbians.


  1. If they gave a prize for cleverness, he'd have won that year!

  2. The Wikipedia article about him says that his 2 sons were executed by German troops in December 1941 along with some 300 – 500 Romani by German troops at Arapova dolina in the outskirts of Leskovac. Mr. Ademovic apparently never played his trumpet again after his sons were killed.

    Interesting article about the Karađorđe's Star on Wikipedia as well.


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