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Trenches on Kota 1050, Novaci

Trenches on Kota 1050, Novaci

Coordinates : 41.074979, 21.525788

The Kajmakchalan peak was conquered at the end of September 1916 by the Entente forces. Subsequently, the battlefield moved into the town of Bitola and beside the Cerna River. The Allies entered Bitola on 19 November 1916, and the central forces withdrew to the mountains around Bitola, from which the city was bombed for nearly two years.

From a tactical point of view, the mountainous part of the village from Suvodol to the village of Orle was special, more precisely the Kota 1050. The German army understood that the loss of Kota 1050 called into question the defense of all its positions in the Cerna loop. This would pave the way for the Allies to conquer Central Macedonia. That is why the two warring parties have emphasized this place. Many soldiers died there.

The battles on Kota 1050 were fierce and difficult until the breakthrough of the Front Line in September 1918. Today we find trenches, shelters, military equipment and so on.

How to get to Kota 1050:
A paved road leads to the trenches. The vehicles can be parked in the parking lot of the only house that has remained in the village of Suvodol. The Kota 1050 is 400 m away. Bring hiking clothes.

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The Manaki photos - The photos are in the property of the National archive of the Republic of Macedonia, department in Bitola. The photos are edited by the Macedonian Centre for photography.

The original photos are in the property of the European association for local democracy – ALDA.  Photographer: Zoran Shekerov

 

 

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