The Forgotten War Heroine - Milunka Savic

While she was forgotten for much of the twentieth century, historians rediscovered Milunka Savic's exploits for the Serbian army during World War I. Although command was unsure of what to do with a female solider, Savic went on to prove herself time and again in battle, becoming one of the most decorated Serbian soldiers of the war. By holding lively discussions about gender roles and forgotten history, the class gains a better understanding of war heroes of every kind. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use the biography of Milunka Savic to prompt a discussion of women's roles during World War I
  • Offer the video biography as research for a project on key figures in World War I or women in the Great War
Classroom Considerations

  • Part of the larger Who Did What in World War I? video series
  • Presumes detailed knowledge of Serbia's role World War I

  • Connects Savic's biography to larger themes involving women during World War I
  • Uses intriguing pictures and anecdotes to engage young historians

  • None
Common Core