shipka pass

Russo-Turkish War, the Battle of Shipka Pass.

In this painting, titled The Defence of the Eagle’s Nest, by Alexey Popov (1893), is depicted the crucial moment of the battle in August 1877, when a group of 5,000 Bulgarian and 2,500 Russian troops repulsed an attack against the peak by a nearly 40,000 strong Ottoman army.

Notice how various Russians and Bulgarians are throwing rocks, as at this point in the battle they had run out of ammunition.