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By Stephen Badsey

This book considers the teachings to be won for Britain, the British military, and for NATO as a complete, from the Yugoslav wars of dissolution (1991-1999), with specific emphasis at the Kosovo concern. The papers come from a various and top of the range mix of analysts, practitioners and policy-makers. the problems constructed right here characterize an important boost within the rising debate at the classes to be learnt from the Balkan adventure, with a view to form pondering on defence and overseas protection a long way into the recent millennium.

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1 When, after the Second World War, numerous German officers of general rank were tried before Allied courts for war crimes perpetrated in the course of their campaigns against irregulars, the Yugoslav case – involving what was arguably the most intense counter-insurgency campaign ever waged by the German Army – came in for particularly close scrutiny. One of the main lines of argument of the defence, soon adopted by some of the accused in their published memoirs, involved the problems raised by the ‘Balkan way of war’, as they seemed to see it: centuries of internecine strife and ethnic cleansing, as well as an all-pervading disregard for human life, proved an ideal breeding ground for an insurgency of such 14 The Wehrmacht’s Yugoslav Quagmire: Myth or Reality?

One of the main lines of argument of the defence, soon adopted by some of the accused in their published memoirs, involved the problems raised by the ‘Balkan way of war’, as they seemed to see it: centuries of internecine strife and ethnic cleansing, as well as an all-pervading disregard for human life, proved an ideal breeding ground for an insurgency of such 14 The Wehrmacht’s Yugoslav Quagmire: Myth or Reality? 2 In view of the fact that NATO in the 1990s would not be in a position to show a comparable disregard for human rights, this seemed to make a Western intervention an even more daunting, not to say impossible task.

For the impact of this Allied air support on the conduct of Wehrmacht operations in 1944 see BA/MA, RH 24-15/59 XV. Geb. AK an 2. 1944). 9. 1944). 10. Estimate of a Partisan officer: see Vladimir Dedijer, The War Diaries of Vladimir Dedijer (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1990), Vol. II, p. 1942). 11. ), Hitlers Weisungen fuer die Kriegfuehrung 1939–1945 (Koblenz: Bernard und Graefe Verlag, 1983) S. 1942). 12. 1943). 13. 1943) includes Luftwaffe, Kriegsmarine and Organisation 23 Britain, NATO and the Lessons of the Balkan Conflicts 14.

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