An air-launched, self-recovering autonomous vehicle concept by J. W. Rutherford, V. F. Wells

By J. W. Rutherford, V. F. Wells

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Then on 3 August, the HV and HRZ l a u n c h e d O p e r a t i o n S t o r m , a massive offensive against the Krajina Serbs , who collapsed or fled before the onslaught with a speed that shocked observers, including US and British government officials. 7 5 The skill with which the operation was organized led to speculation that nongovernmental American advisors had been actively involved in its planning. 7 6 Knin fell to the Croatian forces on 5 August, and by the end of the next day, virtually all of the Serb-held Krajina h a d b e e n t a k e n a n d H V forces had linked up with the BiH a t B i h a c.

5 7 The first order of business for the United States was a project to end the fighting between the Bosnian Croats a n d t h e B o s nian government, which would simplify the Bosnian situation considerably and do much to even the local balance of power. The United States p r e s s u r e d Z a g r e b b y p o i n t i n g o u t t h a t Croatia would have little chance of ever regaining its Serb-held territories without American support. On 18 March 1994, the BiH -HVO a l l i a n c e w a s r e s t o r e d w i t h t h e a n n o u n c e m e n t o f a new federation between the Bosnian government and the Bos n i a n C r o a t s , marking a key turning point in the conflict.

The war in Bosnia resembled the 1941–45 war in Yugoslavia not only in its brutality but also in its complexity. 4 6 This ten dency towards chaos was further exacerbated by the fact that each army had only a limited ability to control the actions of many of its component units, especially—but not only—those consisting of paramilitary thugs. As a result, forces in the field often ignored cease-fire or safe-passage agreements made by s e n i o r c o m m a n d e r s , a n d a l t h o u g h m a n y a t r o c i t i e s were car ried out with the approval or knowledge of central authorities, m a n y o t h e r s p r o b a b l y w e r e n o t .

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