Fortress VII - Golo brdo
and Stronghold VIIa Golo brdo
Fortress VII - Golo brdo

Defensive line:
First line of defense Trebinje - Bileća
The second circle of the fortification ring of Trebinje

Tactical mission task
Control  of the territory of Trebinje and
Control of Nikšić line of defense

Construction period

3 officers
80 non-commissioned officers and soldiers

Cannon 90 mm M-1904
Infantry and machine gun weapons
Stronghold VIIa Golo brdo

Tactical mission task
Control  of the territory of Trebinje 

Construction period

1 officers
46 non-commissioned officers and soldiers

Howitzer 150 mm M-)), 2pcs
Machine gun 8 mm MG M1907
Infantry  weapons
The Austro-Hungarian Ministry of the Army had a special administration - the Central Commission, in which the best experts from all areas for building defense systems worked. Everything that was done was of exceptional quality and intended to last to this day. Fortress VII, named Golo Brdo after the place where it is located, belongs to the older generation (description given at the Petrina fortress). At its foot are the remains of nine cisterns and stables.
Golo brdo
Golo brdo 2
It was built 1.3 km away from Golo Brdo, due to the strengthening of the defense. By type, this is a newer fortress with a concrete roof, steel reinforcement and double walls that protected the crew from shelling. It is armed with a new generation of long-range artillery, which you will learn more about on the "Route of fortresses and arms”.
  • Howitzer 150 mm М99 used at the Stronghold VII²
  • Cannon M-04 90 mm³ used at the Golo Brdo fortress²
„…will remain in the memory of those who lived through it as the most beautiful summer they ever remembered, for in their consciousness it shone and flamed over a gigantic and dark horizon of suffering and misfortune which stretched into infinity.“ 
“How could they describe that swirling current among men which passed from dumb animal fear to suicidal enthusiasm, from the lowest impulses of bloodlust and pillage to the greatest and most noble of sacrifices, wherein man for a moment touches the sphere of greater worlds width other laws?“ 
„That was a time on the limits of two epochs in human history whence one could more easily see the end of that epoch which was closing than the beginning of that new one which was opening.”
Ivo Andrić, excerpts from the novel “The Bridge on the Drina”
Assassination of Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo on June 28, 1914
Telegram of the Austro - Hungarian government, declaring war on Serbia, July 23, 1914.
Proclamation of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes in 1918.
¹ Source: Radojica Pavićević
² Source: Volker Pachauer
³ Source: Österreichisches Staatsarchiv
4 Source: Österreichische Gesellschaft für Festungsforschung

Important Note: Explore the fortresses and use the trails at your own risk.
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