How a Single Trumpet Changed The Course of a Battle of Kumanovo at 1912.
One of the most crucial battles of Balkans war happened near the town of Kumanovo (South Serbia, today FYR Macedonia) on the23rd and 24th of October. The Serbian Army outnumbered the Turkish forces, but its numerical superiority was plagued by a lack of proper military training, and by inferior equipment. The Turks decided that surprise attack was their only chance. It was planned that the battle would happen south of the town of Kumanovo, but instead, the Turks headed north. While the Serbian First Army, led by Prince Alexander I, was still advancing towards the south, the Serbian rear was already in combat. This confusion acted as a game changer. Then an unlikely hero arose from the confused Serbian troops ― a trumpeter! Ahmed Ademovic was of Gypsy origin.
When the Turks began their charge, trumpeter managed to slip through, as the battle was heating up. He was sneaking behind enemy lines, with only a trumpet in his hand. An act of courage or sheer madness, he did something for what he would be remembered for the rest of his life. Having learned the call for the retreat he sounded it as loud as he could. The Ottoman Army was surprised and lost momentum. Some of them followed the false order, while some continued to march forward.There was chaos within the isituation.But to ensure the victory, Ademovic had to run back to his lines and sound the attack.During whole battle Serbian headquarters were still convinced that this was a mere vanguard, judging from the lack of resistance, for they didn’t know about Ademovic’s endeavor.
*** Ademovic’s both sons, Rama and Reja were both killed by the Germans at 1941
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