21 Dramatic Photographs of the Croatian War of Independence
21 Dramatic Photographs of the Croatian War of Independence

21 Dramatic Photographs of the Croatian War of Independence

Jacob Miller - July 15, 2017

The Croatian War of Independence was fought from 1991 to 1995 to create a sovereign Croatia. Croatia had been imbedded in and controlled by the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. On June 25, 199, Croatia declared independence. The Yugoslav People’s Army (JNA) and the local Serb forces attempted to quell the rebellion but Croat forces overcame.

The majority of Croats wanted to leave Yugoslavia. Many ethnic Serbs living in Coratia opposed the secession and wanted to seize as much land as possible from Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovia to create a Serbian nation but to remain within the Yugoslavian state.

The JNA initially tried to keep Croatia within Yugoslavia by total occupation. While these efforts proved unsuccessful, Serb forces declared a self-proclaimed Republic of Serbian Krajina (RSK) within Croatia. In January 1992, a cease fire and international recognition of a sovereign Republic of Croatia was declared. The United Nations Protection Force was deployed and combat was sporadic over the next three years. The RSK held more than a quarter of Croatian territory.

In 1995, Croatia launched two major offensives, Operation Flash and Operation Storm, which both proved to be successful. Operation Flash was the Croat push the RSK out of Okučani and the surrounding areas as well as gain control of the Zagrebe-Belgrade Motorway. Operation Storm was the last major battle of the war. The Croatian special forces advanced from the Velebit Mountain and the Army of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, fighting for their own independence, fighting from the Bihać pocket embedded within Serbian territory regained four thousand square miles of territory.

Croatia had won its independence but about 25% of the Croatian economy was ruined, with US$37 billion in damages to infrastructure, lost production, and refugee-related costs were incurred. 20,000 people were killed in the war.

21 Dramatic Photographs of the Croatian War of Independence
Serbian BOV (Borbeno Oklopno Vozilo translates to Combat Armored Vehicle) 1996. thefewgoodmen
21 Dramatic Photographs of the Croatian War of Independence
Vukovar town after heavy shelling during Croatia’s war of independence, 1 January 1991. BBC
21 Dramatic Photographs of the Croatian War of Independence
A destroyed tank in Coratia. srpskoiklop.paluba
21 Dramatic Photographs of the Croatian War of Independence
Croatian Operation Storm 5 August 1995 Photo- MORH Ministry of defence Repubplic of Croatia (centre left- General Ante Gotovina, centre right- President Franjo Tudjman – standing above liberated town of Knin)
21 Dramatic Photographs of the Croatian War of Independence
A shelled residence. Emmanuel Ortiz
21 Dramatic Photographs of the Croatian War of Independence
Patients flee from the hospital in Vukova after Yugoslav army took control of it. thejournal.ie
21 Dramatic Photographs of the Croatian War of Independence
Santa Claus with the children during Croatian War of Independence. Vukovar, 1992. Rare Historical Photos
21 Dramatic Photographs of the Croatian War of Independence
Stray cat walking through a heavily bombarded area of Vukovar during the siege, and Croatian War of Independence. 1991 tuzlanski.ba
21 Dramatic Photographs of the Croatian War of Independence
The battle in Vukovar lasted 87 days. mixaitouxronou.gr
21 Dramatic Photographs of the Croatian War of Independence
Civil war. April 1992. Croatia. Vukovar (occupied by Serbs). Cemetery. Pinterest

21 Dramatic Photographs of the Croatian War of Independence
The Battle of Šibenika (Croatia) lasted 7 days. Pinterest
21 Dramatic Photographs of the Croatian War of Independence
Croatia Vukovar Nov 1991 Croats expelled from their homes by Serbs. Pinterest
21 Dramatic Photographs of the Croatian War of Independence
Spring 1992. Bombs and fires have done their work on the Stradun, Dubrovnik’s main street. Thomas Kern, swissinfo.ch
21 Dramatic Photographs of the Croatian War of Independence
Croatia Zagreb Dec 1991 – A Croat child farewells soldier father. Photo- Jadran Mimica
21 Dramatic Photographs of the Croatian War of Independence
Croatia 1991,Osijek. Pinterest
21 Dramatic Photographs of the Croatian War of Independence
Buildings destroyed by The Yugoslavian National Army during the Siege of Vukovar, Croatia. Pinterest
21 Dramatic Photographs of the Croatian War of Independence
The destruction of Croatia. Museum of Croatian War of Independence
21 Dramatic Photographs of the Croatian War of Independence
Vukovar during the Croatian War of Independence : Christopher Morris. Tumblr
21 Dramatic Photographs of the Croatian War of Independence
Old woman in the midst of the Coratian War of Independence. novahistoria
21 Dramatic Photographs of the Croatian War of Independence
The Vukovar water tower in Croatia now stands as a symbol of the battle that took place during the Croatian War of Independence in 1991. Vukovar, Croatia. Pinterest

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