Recommended books about British Army in Bosnia or Bosnia ?

#1
Hello Gents,

having been about 6 when these operations took place and far too young to understand, i'd like to read into it a bit. Had a quick look on amazon couldnt see anything that looked any good. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
 
#2
Personal favourite is Milos Stankovic's Trusted Mole.

If you want some straight historical stuff rather than a memoir stick another post on here & I'll put some more titles up. Yugoslavia - Death of a Nation is pretty good as are Noel Malcolm's books on Bosnia & Kosovo for getting an in-depth historical picture. N.B. these are fairly heavyweight, not bedtime/beach reading!
 
#3
There is a good one called "Cleanse their Souls" by Maj Monty Woolley, 9/12 wallah who served there as a Tp Comd. Its a localised view of the conflict rather than heavy political gumph.
 
#4
There's one called 'A Cold War - Front Line Operations in Bosnia 1995-1996' which covers the transition from UN to NATO, by Ben Parry.


Sent from my iPhone using ARRSE so I should probably be working....
 
#9
Hello Gents,

having been about 6 when these operations took place and far too young to understand, i'd like to read into it a bit. Had a quick look on amazon couldnt see anything that looked any good. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
I was 35 and a company commander in theatre. Can't say I understood much of it either. Shooting BiH and saving Croats one day and doing it the other way round two days later.

As for books:

Milosh's (or Mike Stanley as we were obliged to call him) for the sheer cussedness of the place.

Christopher Bellamy's 'Knights in White Armour' for a pre-Iraq view of the new world order and the UN.

Mike Rose's 'Fighting for Peace'.

Mark Cook's 'Promise of Hope' for a look at Croatia in 1992.

Misha Glenny - any by him for the historical and political background.

Kent-Payne 'Bosnia Warriors' for a view from a Warrior.

Haven't read Monty's.

And anything that Allan Little or Martin Bell have put together.

Better add, I suppose, that my lads only opened fire in response to people having a pop at us and getting a bit too close for comfort. They soon stopped.
 
#12
Commando comics anyone?
Good idea, but much as I enjoyed reading of the exploits of Capt Hurricane as a boy, they never did explain that one of the prime political reasons for more than a decade of intervention in sandy places is a direct result of the failure to grasp the Bosnian nettle (or to leave it entirely to its own devices).

PS. Did this thread start off in the NAAFI? If so, a thousand apologies. Try the Sun or the Mail and get the fuzzy wuzzies while they're not looking.
 
#16
I thought General Rose's Fighting for Peace was quite interesting, although I don't really know enough about the war to comment on whether it was particularly self-promoting or anything. It was fairly well written and gave a good insight into the task he and the UN mission faced.
 
#17
I thought General Rose's Fighting for Peace was quite interesting, although I don't really know enough about the war to comment on whether it was particularly self-promoting or anything. It was fairly well written and gave a good insight into the task he and the UN mission faced.
I knew him in a couple of incarnations (nothing too exotic) and he never struck me as self-promoting. Very interesting family and educational background.

No doubt others will disagree.
 

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