Shote Galica

Shote Galica (10 November 1895 – 1 July 1927), born as Qerime Halil Radisheva, was a Kachak Albanian insurgent. She has been declared a People's Heroine of Albania.[1][2]

Shote Galica
Azem Galica and Shota Galica.jpg
Azem Galica and Shota Galica
Qerime Halil Radisheva

(1895-11-10)10 November 1895
Died1 July 1927(1927-07-01) (aged 31)
Spouse(s)Azem Galica
AwardsTitulli "Hero i Popullit".svg Hero of the People
Military career
Service/branchAlbanian guerrilla, (Kachak)
Years of service1915–1927
Battles/warsBalkan war


She was born in Radisheve village of Drenica region in Kosovo. She was the sister of 6 brothers. She married Azem Galica in 1915.[3] In 1919 Shote took part, in the Uprising of Dukagjin and in Junik in 1912–23. In 1925 after the death of her husband, Azem Galica, She took over as a head of his band and fought together with Bajram Curri in Has of Prizren and Lumë. She is remembered for having captured a Serb military commander and a number of soldiers at Çikatova, in July 1927, she withdrew to Albania and spend her final months in Fushë-Kruja, where she died. Shote Galica was a virtual legend in her time. She is remembered for the saying Life without knowledge is like a war without weapons [4]


In July 1924 she took part in the struggle for Drenica (Arbania e Vogël, Little Albania). In July 1925 after the death of her husband Azem Galica, she continued to fight and lead Albanian warriors of Kosovo. Along with hundreds of fighters from the former Kosovo Vilayet in December 1924, interventionist armies fought against Royal Yugoslav forces.

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  1. ^ Elsie, Robert (2004). Historical Dictionary of Kosova. The Scarecrow Press. p. 63. ISBN 0-8108-5309-4.
  2. ^ Elsie, Robert (2013). A Biographical Dictionary of Albanian History. I.B.Tauris. ISBN 9781780764313.
  3. ^ Mehmet Bislimi, Shote Galica / Qerime Halili 1895 - 1927 (in Albanian), retrieved 2014-12-12, Shota e Radisheves, ishte moter e gjashte vellezerve...njohu Azem Galicen, me te cilin u martua ne vitin 1915
  4. ^ Elsie, Robert (2010-11-15). Historical Dictionary of Kosovo. Scarecrow Press. ISBN 9780810874831.