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Radoje Pantic

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Radoje Pantić[edit]

Radoje A. Pantić (Negotin, Serbia, 1881- Siva Stena, Battle of Kaymakchalan, 19 September 1916) was a Chetnik Voivode during struggle for Old Serbia and Macedonia (1903-1912)[1]and an Infantry Major who fought in the Balkan Wars and the Great War.

A native of Negotin, Pantić graduated from the 33th class of the Belgrade's Military Academy (Serbia). He was gunned down while leading the 2nd volunteer battalion in an attack on a machine gun nest on a hill in a skirmish at Siva Stena during the Battle of Kaymakchalan on September 19, 1916. His courage was on display when he singlehandedly charged a machine gun nest, receiving a bullet wound in the head. After receiving a second wound in the head, he feel unconscious, and as soon as he came to, Pantić urged his men to leave their cover and counterattack by yelling the famous words, "Go! We have to take the position, so maybe we all are gone?! " His men overpowered the enemy post and took the high ground. The events were recorded in poetry, written by Chetnik voivode and journalist Milosav Jelić.[2]

Today Radoje Pantić is considered one of the heroes of World War I in Serbia.[3]


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