Popina Monument Background
The Popina WW2 memorial monument is located on the road to between Vrnjacka banja and Trstenik just southwest of Kraljevo and was built to recognize and celebrate the site where the first direct battle between the Partisans and invading German forces began.
Popina Memorial Park (also known by the locals as Sniper) is a memorial park on a hill near Popinska River in the village of Štulac, Vrnjacka Banja Municipality. The complex covers an area of 12 hectares and was built from 1978 to 1980. The author of the monument is architect Bogdan Bogdanovic.
At this location, on October 13, 1941, the Trstenik partisan detachment and the Dragosinjaka Company of the Royal Detachment led a multi-hour battle against parts of the 171st German Division. This battle remained known as one of the first frontal struggles of partisans and occupying forces.
The memorial plaque in front of the monument reads: “”On 13 October 1941, defending the borders of the Uzice Republic, the Vrnjci-Trstenik NOP detachment fought a fierce battle with five times the superior German columns.”