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Hi - before he died, my father told me that his father, Ilija Zugic, was I/c a Serbian artillery detachment on the Western Front (1WW) Does anyone have any information on this? Thanks Thomas Zugic

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Hi - before he died, my father told me that his father, Ilija Zugic, was I/c a Serbian artillery detachment on the Western Front (1WW) Does anyone have any information on this? Thanks Thomas Zugic

Greetings Thomas,

I just checked the book "Knights of the Karađorđe Star with Swords" and found Ilija S. Žugić, artillery officer and later general born in 1888 in Užice, could that be your grandfather?

He became captain 1st class in 1915, major in 1919... Brigade general in 1936 and divisional general (two stars) in 1940.

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Thank you - I already had much of this information - partly from my dad/aunt, and partly from an annotated copy of our family tree. What I have no evidence/source for is the posting to the Western Front. I presume this would have been post winter 1915/1916 after the retreat to Corfu. Any idea where such information might be thanks Thomas

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You're welcome. His biography is not very detailed but there are some interesting information for example that he was on specialization in the French coastal artillery.

I've read about Serbian Volunteer Corps on the Eastern Front but to be honest I didn't even know that there were units of the Serbian Army on the Western Front.

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Hi - sorry to have been absent - busy marking exams - as I said, all I do know is tha he was in charge of a Serbian artillery detachment there - whether this was purely symbolic or not, I don't know. What you say about French coastal artillery is already more than know - any idea where I might find out more cheers Thomas

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Hello,In the movie of 1964 ,Mars na Drinu, a Yugoslav movie situated in the First Austro Serbian battle of WWI .appears a Artillery unit of the Serbian Army but the guns are not the Schneiders . the movie is in youTube. if anyone sees the film ,could identify the guns?

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