Medak Pocket: Canada's forgotten battle
"The Canadian soldiers who took a stand at Croatia’s Medak Pocket 20 years ago say they were abandoned. Now they want the world to know their story."
MEDAK, CROATIA—Canadian veteran Rob Deans is still haunted by the shell-scarred ruins and forgotten landmines of Croatia’s Medak Pocket.
It’s been 20 years since he was last here, but not a day goes by when he doesn’t think about this place.
“I can picture the trees, the path, the burning garage, everything,” says Deans, who is returning to Croatia this week. “I want to stand on that ground again and remember the lessons and what we did. It’s my touchstone.”
In September 1993, Deans and nearly 900 of his fellow Canadian soldiers fought a forgotten battle in a brutal war.