The Ghosts of Medak Pocket: The Story of Canada's Secret War by Carol Off

The Ghosts of Medak Pocket: The Story of Canada's Secret War

byCarol Off

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In 1993, Canadian peacekeepers in Croatia were plunged into the most significant fighting Canada had seen since the Korean War. Their extraordinary heroism was covered up and forgotten. The ghosts of that battlefield have haunted them ever since.

Canadian peacekeepers in Medak Pocket, Croatia, found no peace to keep in September 1993. They engaged the forces of ethnic cleansing in a deadly firefight and drove them from the area under United Nations protection. The soldiers should have returned home as heroes. Instead, they arrived under a cloud of suspicion and silence.

In Medak Pocket, members of the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry did exactly the job they were trained — and ordered — to do. When attacked by the Croat army they returned fire and fought back valiantly to protect Serbian civilians and to save the UN mandate in Croatia. Then they confronted the horrors of the offensive’s aftermath — the annihilation by the Croat army of Serbian villages. The Canadians searched for survivors. There were none.

The soldiers came home haunted by these atrocities, but in the wake of the Somalia affair, Canada had no time for soldiers’ stories of the horrific compromises of battle — the peacekeepers were silenced. In time, the dark secrets of Medak’s horrors drove many of these soldiers to despair, to homelessness and even suicide.

Award-winning journalist Carol Off brings to life this decisive battle of the Canadian Forces. The Ghosts of Medak Pocket is the complete and untold story.

Title:The Ghosts of Medak Pocket: The Story of Canada's Secret WarFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:July 30, 2010Publisher:Random House of CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:030737078X

ISBN - 13:9780307370785

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superb This book highlights that Canadian soldiers are warriors and nothing less. A well written historical account of this battle as well as the background on the political and ethnic situation.
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It brings the decisive battle of the Canadian force vividly into life before the reader's eyes.
Date published: 2014-01-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book She has written extensively of Canadians' involvement with the war in Bosnia between Serbs and Croats. A great background view of how governments negotiate and are willing to play with others' lives.
Date published: 2008-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This Should Be Required Reading No highschool student in Canada should graduate without reading this book. It tells the true story of an outstanding group of Canadian soldiers who were forced to switch from peace keeping observers to full combat troops in a matter of moments to survive attacks from larger and more heavily armed forces. The Second Battalion of Princess Patricias Canadian Light Infantry, with a strong component of Reservists from throughout Canada, made modern war history in the battles which ensued. it should also be required reading for those who say Canada should pull out of its present mission in Afghanistan and return to its "primary role of peace keeping". Those people should all have to do manditory military service before they shoot their mouths off. They discrace our war heroes. Particularly the ones in this book.
Date published: 2006-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An excellent book. This book is very readable, unlike many other books about the Balkans. It not only speaks about Canadian involvement in the struggle but includes a well written and understandable history of a very complicated conflict. This one is a keeper.
Date published: 2006-01-15