On this day 108 years ago, the Battle of Kolubara began. It was one of the most significant battles in the First World War, in which the Serbian army obliterated the incomparably more numerous and stronger army of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

The Battle of Kolubara began on November 16, 1914, when Serbian troops retreated to the right bank of the Kolubara and Ljig, per the orders of the Supreme Command, in an attempt to stop the advance of the Austro-Hungarian forces there.

The Battle of Kolubara, also known as the Battle of Suvobor, was the most significant battle fought between the army of the Kingdom of Serbia and the army of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in the First World War. The battle was fought in November and December 1914, on a front stretching for more than 200 km.

It was concluded with a successful counter-offensive carried out by the forces of the First Army under the command of General Živojin Mišić, against a more numerous and better equipped Austro-Hungarian army, at a moment where the whole world was expecting to hear news about the capitulation of the Kingdom of Serbia.

Volumes upon volumes of books have been written about the battle, and suffice it to say that it has earned a place in the history of warfare as a unique example where an army that was set to suffer a total defeat was able to reorganize in a short amount of time, switch to counter-offensive and inflict a decisive defeat on the opposing side.

The tactic of re-grouping the First Army only and perform a focused strike on the Sixth Army (which had been stretched over a very wide front line), carried out by Field Marshal Živojin Mišić, is now studied in military academies across the world.