French soldier recalls Petr Pavel’s successful rescue operation

Czechoslovak UNPROFOR base in Yugoslavia, 1993, Photo: Czech Army

Thirty years ago, a Czech unit serving in the UNPROFOR mission rescued over fifty French soldiers under siege in what was then still Yugoslavia. It was one of the greatest successes of the newly formed Czech army. The unit was led by Czechia’s president elect Petr Pavel.

Petr Pavel took part in the UNPROFOR mission in what was then still Yugoslavia, between the years 1991 and 1993. It was during this mission in January 1993, that a unit led by Mr Pavel, helped rescue more than 50 French soldiers under siege in Croatia.

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Authors: Alexis Rosenzweig, Ruth Fraňková