The Battle of Gorni Dubnik was a battle in the Russo-Turkish War on 24 October 1877. In an effort to reduce the fortress of Pleven quicker, Russian forces began targeting garrisons along the Ottoman supply and communications route. A significant garrison had been reduced at the Battle of Lovcha in September. General Joseph Vladimirovich Gourko was called up from the Shipka Pass area to deal with more of the garrisons protecting Pleven.
|Battle of Gorni Dubnik|
|Part of the Russo-Turkish War (1877–1878)|
Map of the battle.
|Russian Empire||Ottoman Empire|
|Commanders and leaders|
|Iosif Gurko||Ahmed Hifzi Pasha|
20 battalions 18,00056 guns
|Casualties and losses|
829 killed2482 wounded
1,500 killed & wounded|
On October 24 Gourko attacked the fortress of Gorni-Dubnik. The Russian attack met heavy resistance but two other Russian columns were able to easily push back the Ottoman lines. The Finnish Guard sharpshooter battalion participated on the battle and stormed the fortress walls. Gourko continued the attacks and the garrison commander Ahmed Hifzi Pasha surrendered. Within the month several more Ottoman garrisons were to fall including Orhanie. By October 24 the Russian army had surrounded Plevna which capitulated December 10.
The battle is commemorated in the Finnish Guard Regiment March. October 24 is the honorary day of the descendant of the Finnish Guard sharpshooter battalion, the Finnish Guard Jaeger Regiment.
- Greene, F. V. (2008). The Russian Army and Its Campaigns in Turkey in 1877-1878. Swedenborg Press. ISBN 978-1-4437-8531-0.
- Compton's Home Library: Battles of the World CD-ROM