|Operation "Bøllebank" (Hooligan bashing) April 29th 1994|
|Posted on: 1/5/2017 6:21:36 PM|
|On April 29th 1994, Danish Leo 1A5 tanks, forming part of Nordbatt 2 (Nordic battalion 2), engaged and destroyed Bosnian Serb artillery and anti-tank batteries close to Tuzla in Bosnia. |
The Serbs had been shelling a Swedish/Norwegian observation post in the area, and the response from the Danish armoured units came after months of bullying from Bosnian Serbe forces all over Bosnia (where UN personnel were taken hostage etc). The engagement was the first time UN used heavy weapons in Bosnia and the first time Danish forces took part in battle since ww2. Up to 150 Bosnian Serb soldiers were killed in the engagement, with no losses on the UN/Nordbatt side.
In the past few days the story has come back in Danish media, as some of the soldiers (incl individual tank comanders) involved in the battle, claim the two commanding officers, Lt. Col. Møller and Maj. Rasmussen, have significantly spun the incident in their own favour in their official memoirs of the event.
In reality, the soldiers claim, the leaders where at a loss for what to do and how to respond, and the succesful outcome was pure luck and not the result of good leadership...It appears to boil down to a battle of credit - was it good leadership from above, or was it the individual leadership shown by the single tank commander that saved the day?
There are now calls for an official investigation to establish exactly what happened on thet day in 1994.
I have myself spoken to Norwegian soldiers that were in the OP that was being shelled, and their experiences largely match the story told by Lt.Col. Møller (but they were obviously not in the heat of the battle where the Danish tanks were operating).
Interesting to see how this develops.
Here is a short resume of what happened, not this is partly based on the memoirs of Lt.Col. Møller.
A fool and his money are soon elected.