Category Archives: History

Vasilije Vasiljević – Bogdan’s Illustrious Great Grandfather

Vasilije Vasiljević – Bogdan’s Illustrious Great Grandfather This is a chapter from the memoir “My Dad, Volunteer in WWI”. If you wish, you can see the previous chapters starting here.   Bogdan was born in Delnice, a small village in … Continue reading

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The Battle of Kolubara – My Dad, Volunteer in WWI

* Excerpt from “My Dad, Volunteer in WWI”, a memoir in the making. The previous instalment can be seen here. * While Bogdan worked in Niš, the Serbian Army retreated from Gučevo, the mountain ridge, to the right bank of … Continue reading

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The 5th Red Cross Hospital in Niš, Serbia, 1914-1915

  Excerpt from “My Dad, Volunteer in WW1”. Abridged. Previous instalments can be seen here and here and here. * After his defection from the Austro-Hungarian Army at Mount Gučevo, Bogdan was sent to serve in the military hospital in … Continue reading

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Growing Up IN The 1940s – Life on the Farm – World War II

This year we are celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the end of World War Two. It was such a long time ago. I’m trying to remember what it was like for me in those turbulent years of War, and what … Continue reading

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Anzac Centenary ~ 1915-2015

April 25,  2015   On 25th April, the day of the landings at Gallipoli, I want to remember the young volunteers from Australia and New Zealand who put their lives on the line to fight the brave fight a hundred years ago. My father, Bogdan Stojić, … Continue reading

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Growing Up In The 1940s

  This year we are celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the end of World War Two. It was such a long time ago. I’m trying to remember what it was like for me in those turbulent years of War, and … Continue reading

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The Battle of Drina, October 1914, WWI

Bogdan Stojic, medical student at Graz University, Austria * (This is an excerpt from “My Dad, Volunteer in WWI”, a memoir I intend to finish soon). * “It was a sunny day, five o’clock in the afternoon on 4 October … Continue reading

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The Battle of Cer, Serbia, WWI

Today Serbia is celebrating the centenary of the Battle of Cer. The Battle of Cer was the first victory of the Allies, which occurred after the first Austro-Hungarian invasion of Serbia in late July 1914, when Belgrade came under heavy … Continue reading

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My Dad, Volunteer in WWI

My Dad, Volunteer in WWI Today is the 100th anniversary of the beginning of WWI. Here’s an abridged version of the first chapter of a memoir I’m writing about my Dad’s involvement in the Great War. At the time of … Continue reading

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The Happiest Day of My Childhood

Today is 13 July. On this day 69 years ago, my dear father came home from a POW camp in Germany. I’m not superstitious in general, but that day was Friday 13 and I’ve considered it my lucky day ever … Continue reading

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