Bosnia's Forgotten Battlefield Bihac

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  • Copyright: 2012-09-01
  • Publisher: The History Press
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Twenty years ago, the term 'ethnic cleansing' entered the common lexicon. The terrible events that took place in the UN 'safe haven' at Bihac in North-west Bosnia between 1992 and 1995 represent the Bosnian conflict in microcosm. Muslim fought all factions of Serb, Muslim fought Muslim, and the Croats interfered. As an EC Monitoring Mission Observer, author Brendan O'Shea was not only an eye witness to the horrific war crimes committed by all sides but also had access to both EU and UN official documents. As such he was perfectly placed to unravel the deceit, the politicking and the struggle for power that led to tragedy and suffering for hundreds of thousands of innocent men, women and children. The names Radovan Karadzic, Ratko Mladic - both on trial at The Hague -Slobodan Milosevic, Alija Izetbegovic and Franjo Tudjman have become synonymous with the worst excesses perpetrated during the war in Bosnia. This book makes an important contribution to our understanding of that conflict.

Author Biography

Brendan O’Shea is a member of the Irish Defence Forces and the author of Warrior 80: Irish Volunteer Soldier 1913–23 and the coauthor of Baptised in Blood: Illustrated History of the Cork Brigade and The Burning of Cork. He served with the UN in Lebanon and in the former Yugoslavia. Robert Fisk is the Middle East correspondent for the Independent, described by the New York Times as "probably the most famous foreign correspondent in Britain." His books include The Age of the Warrior and The Great War for Civilisation.

Table of Contents

Foreword to the First Editionp. vi
Acknowledgementsp. x
Introduction to the Second Editionp. xii
The Main Protagonistsp. xviii
Groupings and Abbreviationsp. xx
Bihac Pocketp. 1
Enter Fikret Abdicp. 15
The 5th Corps Fights for Survivalp. 33
The Advent of Bosnia's Muslim/Croat Federationp. 39
The Safe Area of Gorazdep. 43
The Contact Group Planp. 51
Bihac Under Siegep. 63
Operation Tiger-Libertyp. 83
Turanj Crossing and Batnoga Campp. 91
The 5th Corps' Southern Offensive-Operation Grmecp. 101
Boutros-Ghali goes to Sarajevop. 117
Croatia's Economic Agreement and the Z4 Planp. 121
Casualties for Bangladeshp. 125
The Carter Initiativep. 129
Christmas Time in Bihacp. 139
Croatia's Gratitude to UNPROFORp. 143
'Arms Embargo! What Arms Embargo?'p. 155
The Serb Stranglehold on Bihac Recedep. 165
General Vlado Santic Disappears!p. 173
A New Military Alliancep. 177
A Muslim Offensive Shatters the COHAp. 183
Political Unification of the Krajina and Bosnian Serbsp. 189
The Croatian Army invades Sector Westp. 197
The Beginning of the End for the Krajina Serbsp. 209
Operation Storm and the Fall of Fikret Abdicp. 217
Epiloguep. 231
Indexp. 247
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