Bosnia The End?

#1
As a serving RLC Soldier, I was suprised to here that British deployments to Bosnia have come to an end. Having spent 12 months of my life in Bosnia, on 2 seperate tours. I was suprised that there has been no formal ceremoney/celebration to mark this by the Corp. Lets remeber that we have lost over 50 soldiers there in the past 15 years, (many of these being RLC soldiers). I know that times have changed and we are heavily involved in other operations, but alot of people have served in Bosnia and will remember alot of good and bad times.
 
#2
Dont be surprised RLC Ltd is far too busy to dwell on the past.
Its one of the faults we have, that doesnt help Corps pride and cohesion.
 
#3
I agree, as a Corps we lost a lot of good soldiers in Bosnia. I completed 3 tours there and as a Driver I would say it is alot more challenging than Iraq/Afghan. (In driving terms, not threat!) We should all encourage our Padres to include the drawdown of Bosnia during this years Remembrance services.
Good post.
 
#4
Moon_Monkey_Spunk said:
I agree, as a Corps we lost a lot of good soldiers in Bosnia. I completed 3 tours there and as a Driver I would say it is alot more challenging than Iraq/Afghan. (In driving terms, not threat!) We should all encourage our Padres to include the drawdown of Bosnia during this years Remembrance services.
Good post.
I obviously need to see a Doctor quickly as I find myself agreeing with a Trog!! very good post
 
#6
MSI64 said:
Moon_Monkey_Spunk said:
I agree, as a Corps we lost a lot of good soldiers in Bosnia. I completed 3 tours there and as a Driver I would say it is alot more challenging than Iraq/Afghan. (In driving terms, not threat!) We should all encourage our Padres to include the drawdown of Bosnia during this years Remembrance services.
Good post.
I obviously need to see a Doctor quickly as I find myself agreeing with a Trog!! very good post
Yeah and I'm a Stacker
 
#7
Can't believe i was never pinged for a tour there, can't be too many RLC who could say the same.
 
#8
mandownmat said:
What I would give to swap a tour of Iraq for a tour of Bosnia. Snipers/IEDs or Snow and Ice?
Lets not forget the local ladies accepting the advances of foriegn passport holders, certainly in the early years, though I expect that all of the export quality ones have now gone.

My they were lovely.
 
#9
armchair_jihad said:
mandownmat said:
What I would give to swap a tour of Iraq for a tour of Bosnia. Snipers/IEDs or Snow and Ice?
Lets not forget the local ladies accepting the advances of foriegn passport holders, certainly in the early years, though I expect that all of the export quality ones have now gone.

My they were lovely.
Local ladies fine till there 30th birthday then tache/ black headscarf and 200lbs
 
#10
MSI64 said:
armchair_jihad said:
mandownmat said:
What I would give to swap a tour of Iraq for a tour of Bosnia. Snipers/IEDs or Snow and Ice?
Lets not forget the local ladies accepting the advances of foriegn passport holders, certainly in the early years, though I expect that all of the export quality ones have now gone.

My they were lovely.
Local ladies fine till there 30th birthday then tache/ black headscarf and 200lbs
Is my mind playing tricks on me or was that bloke who ran the little shop in Vitez School (Early 90's) called "Mr Chips"?

My Opo told me he rented hid daughters out by the hour... Yes I asked if I could rent one....I was young, naive and slightly gimpish!!
 
#11
Marky5503 said:
MSI64 said:
armchair_jihad said:
mandownmat said:
What I would give to swap a tour of Iraq for a tour of Bosnia. Snipers/IEDs or Snow and Ice?
Lets not forget the local ladies accepting the advances of foriegn passport holders, certainly in the early years, though I expect that all of the export quality ones have now gone.

My they were lovely.
Local ladies fine till there 30th birthday then tache/ black headscarf and 200lbs
Is my mind playing tricks on me or was that bloke who ran the little shop in Vitez School (Early 90's) called "Mr Chips"?

My Opo told me he rented hid daughters out by the hour... Yes I asked if I could rent one....I was young, naive and slightly gimpish!!


Unlike now Marky, now your Old,Gobby and full blown gimpish!
 
#13
Moon_Monkey_Spunk said:
Marky5503 said:
MSI64 said:
armchair_jihad said:
mandownmat said:
What I would give to swap a tour of Iraq for a tour of Bosnia. Snipers/IEDs or Snow and Ice?
Lets not forget the local ladies accepting the advances of foriegn passport holders, certainly in the early years, though I expect that all of the export quality ones have now gone.

My they were lovely.
Local ladies fine till there 30th birthday then tache/ black headscarf and 200lbs
Is my mind playing tricks on me or was that bloke who ran the little shop in Vitez School (Early 90's) called "Mr Chips"?

My Opo told me he rented hid daughters out by the hour... Yes I asked if I could rent one....I was young, naive and slightly gimpish!!


Unlike now Marky, now your Old,Gobby and full blown gimpish!
My retort will not back up your claims......
1) I use Oil of Olay...
2) I'm a quiet fellow..
3) If I could get this Fcukin Pool ball strap thing undone I would phone and call you and tw@t....

I bet you asked "Chips" if you could rent his daughters too!!

:p
 
#14
MSI64 said:
armchair_jihad said:
mandownmat said:
What I would give to swap a tour of Iraq for a tour of Bosnia. Snipers/IEDs or Snow and Ice?
Lets not forget the local ladies accepting the advances of foriegn passport holders, certainly in the early years, though I expect that all of the export quality ones have now gone.

My they were lovely.
Local ladies fine till there 30th birthday then tache/ black headscarf and 200lbs
In Sarajevo at the moment and believe me the tache quote doesn't relate to the girls in the Cities etc. remember your entire experience will have been in Central Boz, full of villages and small towns! you just have to sit downtown Sarajevo in the middle of the Summer to understand (the fashion last year was for the girls to wear mini skirts with panties showing :D ), its about time EUFOR fecked off from here as its just a joke of a tour for anyone nowadays with zero threat etc., you might as well be on tour in Central London!!!
 
#16
Gundulph said:
MSI64 said:
armchair_jihad said:
mandownmat said:
What I would give to swap a tour of Iraq for a tour of Bosnia. Snipers/IEDs or Snow and Ice?
Lets not forget the local ladies accepting the advances of foriegn passport holders, certainly in the early years, though I expect that all of the export quality ones have now gone.

My they were lovely.
Local ladies fine till there 30th birthday then tache/ black headscarf and 200lbs
In Sarajevo at the moment and believe me the tache quote doesn't relate to the girls in the Cities etc. remember your entire experience will have been in Central Boz, full of villages and small towns! you just have to sit downtown Sarajevo in the middle of the Summer to understand (the fashion last year was for the girls to wear mini skirts with panties showing :D ), its about time EUFOR fecked off from here as its just a joke of a tour for anyone nowadays with zero threat etc., you might as well be on tour in Central London!!!
Mine is well OK :twisted:
 
#17
On my last trip, one of the geezers from the ES Coy married a local. She was well nice and living in Abingdon the last time I saw them. I have'nt met any wives brought back from Iraq or Afghan yet?:( I guess its only a matter of time.
 
#18
Found this on the net..it was taken on Route Triangle during Op Grapple 2 Apr to Oct 93. We had many accidents like this one..some were quite nasty. Worse was when 2 guys flipped a Drops with a half full bean can of water on the back, going round a hairpin bend just north of Split..they crashed though a wall and went straight down a 30ft drop.. 8O Both were alive though the driver got casevac'd back tp woolich hospital.

Would be interested if anyone has any pics of op grapple 2, this is the only one i have found.
 

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#19
Gundulph said:
MSI64 said:
armchair_jihad said:
mandownmat said:
What I would give to swap a tour of Iraq for a tour of Bosnia. Snipers/IEDs or Snow and Ice?
Lets not forget the local ladies accepting the advances of foriegn passport holders, certainly in the early years, though I expect that all of the export quality ones have now gone.

My they were lovely.
Local ladies fine till there 30th birthday then tache/ black headscarf and 200lbs
In Sarajevo at the moment and believe me the tache quote doesn't relate to the girls in the Cities etc. remember your entire experience will have been in Central Boz, full of villages and small towns! you just have to sit downtown Sarajevo in the middle of the Summer to understand (the fashion last year was for the girls to wear mini skirts with panties showing :D ), its about time EUFOR fecked off from here as its just a joke of a tour for anyone nowadays with zero threat etc., you might as well be on tour in Central London!!!
Gundulph, when EUFOR finally turned up to the party (10 years too late), the first thing they considered was to cut all funding for AFBiH demining efforts. Yes, I agree that perhaps the AF demining was ahem <cough> somewhat flawed - but what a message that would have sent. It would also have flooded the market with a bunch of seriously disgruntled blokes...at one time I was going to approach CIDC to take them on, but it seems they are still funded (tell me if I'm wrong).
ANYWAY, (sorry went slightly off topic) - but I think the original thread is absolutely right - there should have been some kind of commemoration to mark the Brit pull out, and a roll of honour placed somewhere suitable (and non-vandalisable). How about putting the "Bulldog" container on the top of the (Eddie the Eagle) ski slope on Igman?
 
#20
Quality photo Ralphy. I had the pleasure of putting a DROPS on its side while desending a hill returning from GV during OP Grapple 4. Had a Reefer on the back which nearly dragged me down the side of the cliff. Got away with it mind, blamed it on the stakers loading incorrectly.

Good tour. Might have to return as a tourest in the near furture.
 
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