Austro-Hungarian campaign in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1878

The campaign to establish Austro-Hungarian rule in Bosnia and Herzegovina lasted from 29 July to 20 October 1878 against the local resistance fighters supported by the Ottoman Empire. The Austro-Hungarian Army entered the country in two large movements: one from the north into Bosnia, and another from the south into Herzegovina. A series of battles in August culminated in the fall of Sarajevo on the 19th after a day of street-to-street fighting. In the hilly countryside a guerrilla campaign continued until the last rebel stronghold fell after their leader was captured.

Austro-Hungarian invasion of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Part of the Great Eastern Crisis

Northern Austro-Hungarian camp near Mostar, painted by Alexander Ritter von Bensa and Adolf Obermüller
Date29 July – 20 October 1878

Austro-Hungarian victory

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina occupied
Austro-Hungarian rule in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Austria-Hungary Bosnia Vilayet
Ottoman Empire
Commanders and leaders
Josip Filipović
Gavrilo Rodić
Stjepan Jovanović
Muhamed Hadžijamaković  
Hadži Loja
198,930 (total)
91,260 (average)[1]
79,000 insurgents
13,800 soldiers[2]
Casualties and losses
1,205 killed
2,099 died of disease
3,966 wounded
177 missing
Total: 7,447[3]