Janko Vukotić

Janko Vukotić (Serbian Cyrillic: Јанко Вукотић; 18 February 1866 – 4 February 1927) was a Montenegrin serdar, general in the armies of the Principality and Kingdom of Montenegro in the Balkan Wars and World War I.

Janko Vukotić
Јанко Вукотић
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7th Prime Minister of Montenegro
In office
8 May 1913 – 16 July 1915
MonarchNicholas I
Preceded byMitar Martinović
Succeeded byMilo Matanović
Personal details
Born18 February 1866
Čevo, Principality of Montenegro
Died4 February 1927 (age 60)
Belgrade, Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes
Resting placeBelgrade New Cemetery
Military service
Branch/serviceKingdom of Montenegro Montenegrin Army
Kingdom of Yugoslavia Royal Yugoslav Army
RankGeneral of the Army
Battles/warsBalkan Wars
World War I


Vukotić meets with Field Marshal Petar Bojović

Vukotić was born in Čevo,[1] belonging to the Vukotić brotherhood; he was related to Petar and Milena Vukotić. He studied at the lower gymnasium at Cetinje, and at the Military Academy of Modena in Italy.[1]


Vukotić served as Minister of Defence of Kingdom of Montenegro in the periods of 1905–1907, 1911–1912 and 1913–1915, and as Prime Minister of Montenegro in 1913–1915.

Balkan WarsEdit

Vukotić commanded the Montenegrin Eastern Army during the First Balkan War and the Montenegrin division of the First Serbian Army during the Second Balkan War, in which he distinguished himself at the Battle of Bregalnica.

World War IEdit

During the First World War, Vukotić was the Chief of Staff of the Montenegrin Army and the Commander of the Sandžak Army of Montenegrin forces. He is most famous for winning the Battle of Mojkovac, in which his daughter, the only female participant, Vasilija Vukotić was assigned to his headquarters to conduct correspondence. Despite frequent writings, he was not taken prisoner after the fall of Montenegro in January 1916. According to information from his son, Vukasin Vukotic, after the fall of Montenegro, a treaty was signed with the Austrians and the Montenegrins went home. Later there were uprisings in the north, attacks on Austrian troops and slaying of Austrian officers. When they requested he subside the attacks of komits in the north who assaulted Austrian officers, he refused explaining that they had a right to do so because the Austrians were occupants. He was interned - house arrest with his family - in Bjelovar because he refused to cooperate with the Austrian authorities. In his free time there he wrote his memoirs, the text beginning with: "Today in Bjelovar..."

Later yearsEdit

After the war, Vukotić served as a general in the Royal Yugoslav Army until his death in 1927. He is interred in the Belgrade New Cemetery.[2]


  1. ^ a b Martinović 1957, p. 5.
  2. ^ Јавно комунално предузеће "Погребне услуге". "Јанко Вукотић". Сахрањен је на Новом гробљу, Аркаде, гробница 8, реда I.