Samara Flag Monument

The battle on Stara Zagora on 19 July 1877 during the 1877 – 1878 Russo – Turkish War was one of the most epic and tragic at the same time events. The Turkish army won then and mass slaughters of the population followed, burning down the town. The place was defended by the Opaltchentsi formation (volunteer troops) that smelled gunpowder for the first time as part of the Upfront Russian Squad under the commandment of Gen. Gurko. While withdrawing from the battlefield, both Bulgarians and Russians fought to save the Samara Banner – the symbol of the Opaltchentsi volunteer formation.