Battle of Martinići (1796)

Battle of Martinići
Date2-11 July 1796
LocationMartinići, near Spuž, Montenegro
Result Montenegrin victory
Piperi and Bjelopavlići regions united with Montenegro
Montenegro  Ottoman Empire
Commanders and leaders
Petar I Petrović-Njegoš
Jovan Radonjić
Kara Mahmud Pasha
3,000 18,000

Battle of Martinići was the battle between Montenegrins and Turks which took place on the outskirts of the village Martinići, near Spuž, Montenegro.

Following the unification of Montenegro with Brda, the Ottoman governor of the Sanjak of Scutari launched a military offensive onto Montenegrin territory. Two Montenegrin divisions, led by Prince-bishop Petar I Petrović-Njegoš and guvernadur Jovan Radonjić, containing 3000 men, took positions near Martinići. Turks advanced towards Martinići from Spuž with 18000 men, fighting guerilla resistance for nine days, before launching an assault on Montenegrin positions on 11 July. Montenegrins counter-attacked and Turks suffered significant casualties.

The result of this victory, followed by another victory at Krusi was the unification of Piperi and Bjelopavlići clan regions, previously occupied by the Ottoman Empire, with Montenegro.

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