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The Serbian First Army
Army
(Српска Прва Армија / Srpska Prva Armija) was a Serbian field army that fought during World War I.

Contents

1 Order of battle

1.1 August 1914

2 History

2.1 Early World War I 2.2 Retreat 2.3 Vardar Offensive

3 Army
Army
composition 4 Commanders 5 See also

Order of battle[edit] See also: Order of battle of the Serbian Army
Army
in World War I August 1914[edit]

First Army
Army
- staff in the village Rača

I Timok Infantry Division - Smederevska Palanka II Timok Infantry Division - Rača
Rača
(reserve) II Morava Infantry Division Branicevo detachment - Požarevac

History[edit] Early World War I[edit] Following the Austro-Hungarian
Austro-Hungarian
invasion of Serbia, the First Army
Army
was put under the command of General Petar Bojović. It acted as a strategic reserve in the area of Aranđelovac
Aranđelovac
during the Battle of Cer, but most of its divisions were sent to support the Second and Third armies actively engaged in the battle. The army conducted a successful crossing of Sava and performed an offensive into Syrmia (then part of Austria-Hungary) but was recalled when Second invasion of Serbia
Serbia
(also known as the Battle of Drina) began. The army had the decisive role in the battle conducting a strong counterattack against the Austro- Hungarian 6th army. It was engaged in some of the fiercest fights of the whole Serbian theatre at Mackov kamen, which ended in a bloody stalemate. After a month-long period of trench warfare, in November 1914, the Austro-Hungarian
Austro-Hungarian
Army
Army
began the third invasion of Serbia
Serbia
(also known as the Battle of Kolubara). During the defensive part of this battle this army was in the most difficult situation due to heavy casualties from the Battle of Drina
Battle of Drina
and acute lack of artillery ammunition. It was at this point that general Živojin Mišić, who was previously the Aide of Commander in Chief of Serbian Army, (Vojvoda/Duke -equalent of Field Marshal
Field Marshal
Radomir Putnik), was made commander of this army, as Bojović was wounded. He restored morale and discipline (which had started to waver) in the army, by insisting on a deeper withdrawal before the Austro-Hungarians, all the way to Gornji Milanovac. In December 1914, after receiving a badly needed supply of 75mm artillery ammunition, the whole Serbian army launched a counterattack. The First Army
Army
played the decisive role in this having affected the breakthrough against the 16. corps of Austro-Hungarian
Austro-Hungarian
6th army. It subsequently pursued that army all the way to the Drina, while the other two armies were engaged in expulsing the Austro-Hungarian
Austro-Hungarian
5th army. After the battle, Mišić promoted to Vojvoda. When the fourth, combined German, Austro-Hungarian, and Bulgarian invasion force attacked Serbia
Serbia
in 1915, the First Army
Army
was tasked with defence of the western border of Serbia
Serbia
(along the river Drina). It faced mostly units of Austro-Hungarian
Austro-Hungarian
Third Army
Army
and was mostly under less pressure then other Serbian units facing Germans or Bulgarians. Perhaps as a cousequence of this Mišić was in favor of halting and making a final stand against the Central Powers
Central Powers
forces when the High Command ordered retreat across Montenegro and Albania
Albania
to Italian-held Durrës
Durrës
and Vlorë
Vlorë
(at the time Serbian Army
Army
was defending itself in Kosovo
Kosovo
from three sides and was in danger of becoming surrounded). However, he was overruled by other army commanders at their meetings at Peć, who decided to carry on the order of High Command. Retreat[edit] The First Army
Army
took part in the epic retreat of the Serbian Army through the Albanian mountains during the winter of 1915 and 1916, during which it suffered heavy casualties due to hunger, frostbite, attack from Albanian bands ( Albania
Albania
officially supported the Entente) and exhaustion. From the Italian-held ports the Serbian Army
Army
was transported by Allied ships to Corfu, and a smaller part to French-held Bizerte
Bizerte
to recuperate and reorganise. During the retreat of the Serbian army (along with civilians) a few Serbian soldiers would be assigned to "guard" large groups of civilians of 300 to 500 persons. Vardar Offensive[edit] Mišić was recalled to command the First Army
Army
in September 1916 initially at Monastir and then at Thessaloniki. The First Army
Army
(again commanded by Bojović) took part in the Allied Vardar Offensive
Vardar Offensive
of 1918 that effectively knocked Bulgaria
Bulgaria
out of the war. During this offensive, this army advanced far ahead of the Allies and performed a maneuver near Niš
Niš
which broke the last serious German attempt to halt the offensive by superior numbers. For his merit in this feat, Gen. Bojović was promoted to Vojvoda. This army liberated Belgrade, and subsequently crossed into Vojvodina
Vojvodina
and advanced as far as present-day border between Serbia
Serbia
and Hungary by the time of the Armistice. Army
Army
composition[edit] The numerical strength and unit composition of all Serbian armies varied greatly during the war not only because of the heavy casualties, but also because of the very flexibile strategy employed by the Serbian High command, with armies often trading regiments and even divisions if needed. Serbian unit organisation did not include brigades and corps. The regiments directly formed the divisions (mostly four), and divisions formed the armies. Commanders[edit]

Petar Bojović
Petar Bojović
(August 1914 - September 1914) Živojin Mišić (October 1914 - December 1915) Miloš Vasić (acting) (January 1916 - April 1916) Živojin Mišić (April 1916 - ? 1917) Miloš Vasić (acting) (? 1917 - April 1917) Živojin Mišić (April 1917 - June 1918) Petar Bojović
Petar Bojović
(June 1918 - 1919)

See also[edit]

Second Army
Army
(Serbia) Third A

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