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Bosnia...

#1
Is there still a Sapper element in Bosnia, or have they well and truly turned the last light out?
 
#3
thought it became "Op Oculus" & was balkan wide, withdraw was meant to be march 07 but do not know if it all went through.

personally do not know of anyone still out there, all too busy in hotter climates at present.

laters.
 
#4
The deployment ended in March, according to the Beeb:
The last remaining British troops in Bosnia-Hercegovina are leaving the country, 15 years after they were first deployed as peacekeepers.

The 600 personnel were one of the main components of the European Union force, Eufor, which is being cut from 6,000 to about 2,500.

Most of the returning UK soldiers are Welsh Guards. A small number of staff officers will remain in Sarajevo.

Around 250,000 people died in the inter-ethnic war of 1992-95.

Although Eufor is being reduced, the international community overseeing the 1995 Dayton Peace Accord said it was retaining the office of the High Representative until June 2008.

Initially British troops served with the United Nations, and then under Nato command until Eufor took responsibility for safeguarding peace in 2004.

They have largely been targeting war criminals' support networks and illegal weapons.

The country itself is now largely stable.

Lieutenant Colonel Richard Stanford said British forces could be proud of their achievements.

"The legacy is this country now can stand on its own two feet... it's a phenomenal achievement by everybody who's been here, and Britain has made a significant contribution."
BBC
 
#5
The last to leave Bosnia (apart from the staff element in Sarajevo) did so in August, when BLMF closed for good.

So to answer your question all the sappers have gone and for Knocker it changed to Op Althea when EUFOR took over.

The only reason I know this is cause I has on the last tour also.
 
#6
No more dodgy CDs or Sleepinaditch special coffees. I had a good couple of tours with the Fat badges in Bosnia and what a cracking bar we had down in Split when I did 6 months with 15 Pk Sqn. I know it had changed to a joint Kosovo/Bosnia tour four years ago and was drawing down this year. So fair well Bosnia have got some good memories, mainly from the p*ss ups (didnt realise I could get that p*ssed up on a two can rule :wink: )
 
#7
The_IRON said:
mainly from the p*ss ups (didnt realise I could get that p*ssed up on a two can rule :wink: )
:D :D :D :D
 
#8
remember the ISO that was painted with the beach and palm trees on it at the sunshine bar in split?

It overtook me on the back of a truck recently, complete with RE stickers all over it...

Fond memories of Boz, dragging chogies out of Kupres hill snow banks whilst on SNIC, in return for a some PEVO and slip in a ditch haha
 
#9
jimmys_best_mate said:
The deployment ended in March, according to the Beeb:
The last remaining British troops in Bosnia-Hercegovina are leaving the country, 15 years after they were first deployed as peacekeepers.

The 600 personnel were one of the main components of the European Union force, Eufor, which is being cut from 6,000 to about 2,500.

Most of the returning UK soldiers are Welsh Guards. A small number of staff officers will remain in Sarajevo.

Around 250,000 people died in the inter-ethnic war of 1992-95.

Although Eufor is being reduced, the international community overseeing the 1995 Dayton Peace Accord said it was retaining the office of the High Representative until June 2008.

Initially British troops served with the United Nations, and then under Nato command until Eufor took responsibility for safeguarding peace in 2004.

They have largely been targeting war criminals' support networks and illegal weapons.

The country itself is now largely stable.

Lieutenant Colonel Richard Stanford said British forces could be proud of their achievements.

"The legacy is this country now can stand on its own two feet... it's a phenomenal achievement by everybody who's been here, and Britain has made a significant contribution."
BBC
JBM, not your info, but I done the tour when NATO took over in Dec 95. :x
 
#10
heidtheba said:
JBM, not your info, but I done the tour when NATO took over in Dec 95. :x
Was there then as well in Vitez when it changed from IFOR to SFOR.

I think it was Immobilisation Force then changed to Stabilisation Force if my memory goes that far back.
 
#11
The_IRON said:
heidtheba said:
JBM, not your info, but I done the tour when NATO took over in Dec 95. :x
Was there then as well in Vitez when it changed from IFOR to SFOR.

I think it was Immobilisation Force then changed to Stabilisation Force if my memory goes that far back.
It changed from UN to IFOR Dec 95.
 
#12
heidtheba said:
The_IRON said:
heidtheba said:
JBM, not your info, but I done the tour when NATO took over in Dec 95. :x
Was there then as well in Vitez when it changed from IFOR to SFOR.

I think it was Immobilisation Force then changed to Stabilisation Force if my memory goes that far back.
It changed from UN to IFOR Dec 95.
Could remember a few changes when I was there, thats right UN to IFOR Dec 95 then IFOR to SFOR when I was there in 97(was p*ssed off we did the majority of the tour just as LSSA came in :x , Im finding it hard to remember what I was doing last week.
 
#13
The_IRON said:
heidtheba said:
The_IRON said:
heidtheba said:
JBM, not your info, but I done the tour when NATO took over in Dec 95. :x
Was there then as well in Vitez when it changed from IFOR to SFOR.

I think it was Immobilisation Force then changed to Stabilisation Force if my memory goes that far back.
It changed from UN to IFOR Dec 95.
Could remember a few changes when I was there, thats right UN to IFOR Dec 95 then IFOR to SFOR when I was there in 97(was p*ssed off we did the majority of the tour just as LSSA came in :x , Im finding it hard to remember what I was doing last week.
I think, I'm not sure could have been at a mess do last night :?

That big bad bear was here, nicked all my money, shat in my mouth, wrecked the house aswell.

Neighbours not happy with loud music/bad singing at 5 this morning :oops:

Ah, **** em, they are only crabs :D
 
#14
sky sports bast*rd cancelled a Gers Vs Tims game when i was on lodestar 97 because of that slapper diana having had a bump in her motor.

had to go & spend the afternoon in the turners bar instead, quality.
 
#15
A_Knocker_Till_The_End said:
sky sports bast*rd cancelled a Gers Vs Tims game when i was on lodestar 97 because of that slapper diana having had a bump in her motor.

had to go & spend the afternoon in the turners bar instead, quality.
I was on Op Loadstar 97-98 aswell knocker in Split with the fat badges, wore my dress with pride on XMAS day in the cookhouse as the RMP contingent were upset at the Squadrons love of singing Hey, hey were the Monkeys over and over again for well over half an hour. The RMP SSM was not impressed and complained about our dress regs but then himself and his lads had to escape after a Sapper had an ND with some sprouts followed by a full scale food fight attack by the fieldies. The badge backed his lads up afterwards though :D
 
#16
The_IRON said:
A_Knocker_Till_The_End said:
sky sports bast*rd cancelled a Gers Vs Tims game when i was on lodestar 97 because of that slapper diana having had a bump in her motor.

had to go & spend the afternoon in the turners bar instead, quality.
I was on Op Loadstar 97-98 aswell knocker in Split with the fat badges, wore my dress with pride on XMAS day in the cookhouse as the RMP contingent were upset at the Squadrons love of singing Hey, hey were the Monkeys over and over again for well over half an hour. The RMP SSM was not impressed and complained about our dress regs but then himself and his lads had to escape after a Sapper had an ND with some sprouts followed by a full scale food fight attack by the fieldies. The badge backed his lads up afterwards though :D
we were threr from march - sept 1997.
 
#17
A_Knocker_Till_The_End said:
The_IRON said:
A_Knocker_Till_The_End said:
sky sports bast*rd cancelled a Gers Vs Tims game when i was on lodestar 97 because of that slapper diana having had a bump in her motor.

had to go & spend the afternoon in the turners bar instead, quality.
I was on Op Loadstar 97-98 aswell knocker in Split with the fat badges, wore my dress with pride on XMAS day in the cookhouse as the RMP contingent were upset at the Squadrons love of singing Hey, hey were the Monkeys over and over again for well over half an hour. The RMP SSM was not impressed and complained about our dress regs but then himself and his lads had to escape after a Sapper had an ND with some sprouts followed by a full scale food fight attack by the fieldies. The badge backed his lads up afterwards though :D
we were threr from march - sept 1997.
We got all the sh*t vehicles off you then mate :wink:
 
#18
HAHA

i was there in 97/98 too, SADDO ta soldier went out in june 2007 did a full year. WAS at BLMF for full tour in the MT so got out and about quite a bit

many times down split and the engineers bar near the transit accomadation (better than the Transit accomadation bar) trogirr was good fun wasnt it
 
#19
Thanks fellas, I think that answers the question that there are no Sappers in Bosnia over Remembrance...

And, Mad_Ferret - Had you been on the Pivo or "Slip in the Ditch" (as you call it :wink: ) when a truck carrying the old bar flew past you recently?!!!
 
#20
Gundulph - not true.

I was at the service in Butmir yesterday and some Sapper officers (well one that I saw through a curry and Guinness haze) were in attendance. They are on Staff tours with either NATO or EUFOR so you did have some representation. No BRITFOR any more though!
 

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