Stanko Arambasić

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Stanko Arambašić (Levča, in a village called Kolar, now the municipality of Jagodina), 1764 - Godominsko polje, near Smederevo, 1798) was the commander of a special Serbian People's Army and one of the leaders of the Serbian Free Corps in the Austro-Turkish War (1788–1791).[1]In the book "Monument" by Milan Milićević, he states that Stanko was born in Veliko Selo, in the Belgrade district, although the footnote states that according to Vuk Karadžić Stanko was born in Kolar, Levča. [2] With the writing of Vuk Karadžić, that Stanko Arambašić was born in Kolar near Jagodina, also agrees with the historian of the First Serbian Uprising, Lazar Arsenijević Batalaka[3].

Stanko Arambašić was of medium height, dark-skinned, very handsome and a great hero. He was a volunteer, a Freikorps, during the Kočina Krajina, prevented the janissaries and the renegade Osman Pazvantoğlu from putting the Belgrade pashalik under his rule.[4] It was rumoured that the special army he led numbered over 16,000 Serbs, mostly composed of Raja and former Frajkoras. Of these, every fifty people had their Boluk-bashi, over a hundred there was a Harambaša and over a thousand Binbashi. Each soldier had to have two bags: one for laundry (two shirts, two underpants and one pair of new shoes) and the other for food (bread and food). Of the weapons, each had to have one musket (rifle), a scythe (knife) and two holsters (pistols), all in good condition.[5][6]

In 1797, the military expedition of Hussein Küçük Pasha failed to conquer Vidin or capture Osman Pazvanoglu, so he, together with the janissaries, at the end of November, tried again to annex the Smederevo Sandzak. The clashes took place in the vicinity of Veliko Selo, from where Stanko's army defended the Belgrade pashalik. After fierce fighting, the Janissaries were expelled from Belgrade and Pazvanoglu fled back to Vidin. The Sublime Porte realized that the stability of the Ottoman Empire was quite shaken and took harsh measures against the Serbs who took part in the Austro-Turkish war, and many like Captain Koča and Rigas Feraios were killed. Commander Stanko was also killed then. According to the report of Milan Milićević, the murder was committed on Saturday, 21 September 1798, in Smederevo, in the house of "someone" Gruja in a gypsy small house. The Serbs found Stanko's body the next day in a Jezavina pond and buried him in Godominsko polje, near Smederevo.[7] In 1799, the Sublime Porte issued a Firman that allowed the return of the Janissaries, and Sultan Selim III forgave Pazvanoglu's rebellion and appointed him Pasha.


  1. Cite web |url= |title=Jagodina tokom XVII i XVIII veka - Elektronska mapa, poslovni adresar i prezentacija Jagodine - Pomoravlje OnLineБотовски наслов |access-date=16 October 2016 |archive-url= |archive-date=27 October 2016 |url-status=dead |df=
  2. М. Ђ. Милићевић, Поменик знаменитих људи у српског народа новијега доба, Београд 1888, 15
  3. Арсенијевић-Баталака, Лазар (1898). Историја српског устанка I. Београд: Баталакин фонд. p. 4.
  4. М. Ђ. Милићевић, Поменик знаменитих људи у српског народа новијег доба, Београд 1888, 15
  5. Cite book|title=Београдски пашалук пред Први српски устанак (1794–1804)|last=Пантелић|first=Душан|publisher=Српска академија наука|year=1949.|isbn=|location=Београд|pages=125.
  6. Poznate licnosti Jagodine - Stanko Arambasic{{Ботовски наслов
  7. Srpsko Nasledje{{Ботовски наслов

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