Peter H wrote:Thanks for the map Jeff.
It shows the Birdica position,said to be the scene of a lopsided resulting Turkish counterattack on the 9th Feb 1913.
According to Erickson page 307:The Turks swept over them and pushed them completely back to their orginal positions.Serb casualties were significant.The Turks claimed to have killed 1400 Serbs and furthermore to have captured 428 men and three thousand rifles at a cost to themselves of 41 dead and 64 wounded.Although these claims may seem fanciful,such a lopsided claim of victory appears nowhere else in the thousands of pages of historical text concerning the Balkan Wars published by the Turkish General Staff.However Richard Hall,who noted 1800 Serb casualties,confirms these losses.Needless to say,the Turks held the field at the end of the day,and they attributed their smashing victory to the poor quality of the Serb reservists,who comprised the bulk of the regiments....
Peter, If I'm not mistaken, the Turkish attacking element was comprised mainly of Redifs (reservists) from the Elbasan and the Prizren divs. Berdica was the scene of the heaviest fighting because of the type of terrain. I've seen the area a couple of years ago and it is a pretty flat one, with a few low hills here and other.