UN Bosnia medal and NATO FRY medal

#1
I have several medals including the UN medal for service in Bosnia from 93-94 and the NATO Former Republic of Yugoslavia medal.

Can both of these medals officially be worn together or is it 'one or the other' as they both relate to the same conflict?

Ta

Rusty
 
#3
Same conflict, different mission. And in your case, different tour.

<pedant>BTW it's the NATO medal "Former Yugoslavia", not "Former Republic of Yugoslavia", common Brit error but there never was such a place.</pedant>
 
#8
I liked it there - like a mediterranean holiday resort in Split and then progressively more germanic as you got into Bosnia itself. Gornij Vakuf, Vitez, Kiseljak and then the hellhole that was Sarajevo. All I can say is that it was chuffin cold.
 
#9
To be fair, I think several newspapers used FRY meaning 'former'.
No doubt, but there's quite a difference between FRY= Serbia+Montenegro, and Former Yugoslavia = the original 6 republics including BH and Croatia. Just making my contribution to the sum of human knowledge.

PS not to mention FYROM, which is something else again and the likely cause of the confusion.
 
#11
@ Roadster

I revisited Sarajevo 8 years ago and apart from obvious tourist stuff, the signs of the war were amazingly absent compared to what it was. Mostar a few more signs, but has for years been a popular day coach trip from the coast.
 
#12
No doubt, but there's quite a difference between FRY= Serbia+Montenegro, and Former Yugoslavia = the original 6 republics including BH and Croatia. Just making my contribution to the sum of human knowledge.
I mean earlier on as it broke up in 91-93, but would need to dig deep into primary sources.
 
#13
On my last drive out of the country on the road from Gornij Vakuf to split there was a large town that had been flattened - I mean absolutely levelled by artillery. I often wonder what the name of that town was. There was a muslim graveyard on the way out that had just been mortared and there bodies everywhere. Grim stuff.
 
#14
I was there 95 & 96. I couldn't believe what those people had done to themselves. Sarajevo was utterly shagged. The other bits I saw (Kiseljak, Pale, Mostar, Tuzla, TSG) were just as bad. I had to go on a stores run to Split by road, and went down the coast route, along the Makarska Riviera. That looked very nice, but much of the infrastructure was either destroyed or neglected. Croatia in general (at least the bits I saw) was in much better shape than Bosnia, but certainly had been in a war.

I wouldn't mind a whistle-stop revisit, the hotel Dalmacija in Kiseljak I am sure is much better now, and I believe Zetra has been rebuilt, but they certainly gave themselves a job to do.

Went on my hols there about 5 years ago, now an absolutely cracking place ,(Croatia) especially makarska and surrounding area,worth a visit.
 
#15
I did a UN tour in sp of the UNMOs and an IFOR tour, separately, and could wear both medals.

Strangely I would also like to go back and have a look at Sarajevo, especially Sniper alley. A couple of years ago I had a RN colleague who had served with EUFOR 2007-ish and he had his own car, lived in a private flat and was shagging hot bosnian birds alles uber the platz. Another guy I know, a NATO civvy, drove there, lived in a flat in the town etc.........

Still I would like to go back and look at the only two places I was shot at during a 30 year career. TV2 and Airport road.
 
#18
Doing the mail run down to Kiseljak was good for the scran, especially the Scandanivian stuff and especially on Norway Day.

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#19
Went for a holiday to Cavtat, Croatia in 2004, weather great, food excellent (Kraut influence) but the Adriatic was freezing. The hotel forecourt was covered in splash marks from Arty and Mortars and the peninsular had half a dozen 'W' shaped trenches lined with bright white stone. Still, the beer was dirt cheap, pound a pint outside of the hotel.
 
#20
Same conflict, different mission. And in your case, different tour.

<pedant>BTW it's the NATO medal "Former Yugoslavia", not "Former Republic of Yugoslavia", common Brit error but there never was such a place.</pedant>
Post-disintegration of Tito's paradise, I guess the emergence of "The Former Yugoslav Republic Of Macedonia" probably confused things a bit for some folks.

None of them Greek. Obviously.
 

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