Academic journal article Military Review

United States Cavalry Peacekeepers in Bosnia: An Inside Account of Operation Joint Endeavor, 1996

Academic journal article Military Review

United States Cavalry Peacekeepers in Bosnia: An Inside Account of Operation Joint Endeavor, 1996

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UNITED STATES CAVALRY PEACEKEEPERS

IN BOSNIA: An Inside Account

of Operation Joint Endeavor, 1996

Mark A. Viney, McFarland & Company, Inc.

Jefferson, NC, 2012, 287 pages, $45.00

UNITED STATES CAVALRY Peacekeepers in Bosnia is a surprisingly captivating and informative read, firmly grounded at the tactical level, but with operational and strategic insights.

The study recounts the actions of the officers and soldiers of 1st Squadron, 4th U.S. Cavalry (Quarterhorse) and its attached units during operations in Bosnia in the mid-1990s in support of NATO's Implementation Force (IFOR) mission--the first ever ground operation supported by NATO. The account of the yearlong mission in one of the most challenging areas of the American sector reveals the bravery, perseverance, and agility of U.S. forces against a complex and fast-paced political backdrop still heated from three and a half years of ethnically motivated civil war.

Although there have been many broad-brush accounts of Operation Joint Endeavor, Mark A. Viney's book skillfully uncovers all aspects of the operation--including predeployment training, continuation training in theater, and post-operation recovery--from a battalion perspective. Key personalities become familiar to the reader and the insights of commanders and soldiers alike are enlightening. The book also highlights the realities and challenges of those left behind. Above all, United States Cavalry Peacekeepers in Bosnia reveals the human face of "stability operations"--a term rarely in use today--the realities, dangers, and frustrations of those tasked with the difficult duty of upholding peace in a faraway country. …

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