During more than three and a half years of fighting between the Former Warring Factions in Bosnia, the former Yugoslavia was littered with thousand of mines, unexploded ordnance, and booby traps.
Many remain on Bosnian soil today; many may never be cleared.
Despite all precautions taken, including mandatory Situational and Mine Awareness Training at the Combat Maneuver Training Center at Hohenfels, GE, and unit predeployment training, the mine battle has been difficult from day one. More than 40 mine-related incidents inflicted injury, loss of life, and damage to equipment on Task Force Eagle. Even as the task force celebrated its historic crossing of the Sava River, a convoy moving forward to mark roads detonated an anti-tank mine, seriously injuring the driver and his three passengers.
Only through continuous assessment of the situation, risk management, and the refinement of its tactics, techniques and procedures, was Task Force Eagle able to increase force protection for soldiers against the mine-related hazards of the mission.
The following vignettes, lessons, training tips, and tactics, techniques and procedures highlight and humanize the on-the-ground experiences faced everyday by soldiers during Operations JOINT ENDEAVOR and JOINT GUARD. Their experiences come with many lessons -- lessons that will help leaders and soldiers across the Army attack similar challenges in the future!
EDWARD J. FITZGERALD III
Center for Army Lessons Learned
Section I: Bosnia-Herzegovina Minefield Status
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