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Serbia restores warship that fired first shots of World War I

CM 12/11/2021


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Serbia has finally recalled to service as a floating museum a warship that fired the first shots that began World War I, following years of lobbying from navy ship enthusiasts who wanted it restored.
The SMS Bodrog was one of two Austro-Hungarian heavy gunboats that sailed into the confluence of the rivers Sava and Danube around midnight on July 28, 1914. Its two canons hurled shells at Serbian positions in Belgrade, marking the start of the four-year war in which around 20 million people died.
Renamed Sava, it also served in World War II after it was taken over by Nazi German-ruled Croatia and was part of the former Yugoslavia’s navy until 1962 after which it was sold to a private company as a gravel barge.

It was left to rot for years at its moorings near Belgrade after it was retired before the Serbian government granted it heritage protection status in 2005.
“In 2015, the Defense Ministry decided that the ship should be placed under its auspices, it was added to the inventory of the Military Museum and over the next few years it has been restored and re-equipped,” Natasa Tomic, a curator with the Belgrade-based Military Museum, told Reuters.

 A view of the fully restored river monitor Sava, also known as SMS Bodrog, an Austro-Hungarian warship which fired the first shots during World War I, in Belgrade, Serbia. (credit: REUTERS/ZORANA JEVTIC) A view of the fully restored river monitor Sava, also known as SMS Bodrog, an Austro-Hungarian warship which fired the first shots during World War I, in Belgrade, Serbia. (credit: REUTERS/ZORANA JEVTIC)

Sava, which is now fully restored and floats on the Danube near Belgrade’s city center, is one of two surviving Austro-Hungarian river monitors which served during World War One. The other is SMS Leitha which is moored in Hungary’s capital Budapest.

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