Milunka Savić was born June 28, 1888 in the Serbian city Koprivnica. She joined the Serbian military in 1912 under her brother's name, Milun Savić. At the time, women's only allowed involvement in the military was as medical staff-but Miluka wanted to serve her country on the ground fighting. She first fought in the two Balkan Wars, and it wasn't until she was injured in the second one that she was first discovered as a woman. In a WWI battle, she reportedly crossed into no-man's land alone throwing grenades, jumped into an Austrian trench, and took 20 soldiers prisoner. She reportedly repeated a similar action later, by singlehandedly taking 23 Bulgarians prisoner.
Milunka Savić: The Forgotten WWI Heroine
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The Serbian woman Milunka Savić was one of the most decorated women in world military history. 00:00
Milunka Savić was awarded Serbia's highest military honor after her actions in World War I. 01:30
In a WWI battle, Milunka Savić crossed into no-man’s land alone throwing grenades, jumped into an Austrian trench, and took 20 soldiers prisoner. 01:57