NATO in Bosnia
The abandonment of the myth of peacekeeping led to the first meaningful 'peacemaking' which resulted in the Dayton Accord of November 1995. After the Dayton Accords, UNPROFOR was replaced by the NATO led Implementation Force (I-FOR). This was the first of NATO enforced peaces and NATO deployments continue today.
Lt. Gen. Bernard Janvier, Force Commander of the
United Nations Peace Forces signs the Transfer of
Military Responsability to the NATO-led Implementation Force.
The British Army contributed Royal Artillery, armoured and infantry units to I-FOR in Bosnia and continues to do so today. At the height of the British involvement in Bosnia were 10,000 troops, and since the first deployment in 1992 11 members of the British forces have been killed by hostile action and a further 14 have died as a result of gunshot wounds or vehicle accidents.
IFOR was commanded by Lt. General Sir Michael Walker KCB CBE from 8th December 1994 to November 1996.
Lieutenant-General Roddy Cordy-Simpson Deputy was CO Land operations of SFOR from December
Major-General John Drewienkiewicz was Chief of Staff.
From 1998, IFOR was replaced by S-For (Stabilization Force) and is approximately half the strength of I-FOR and the British detachment is commanded by a Major General.
Full details of the contributing countries to IFOR and SFOR are available at this website: The Canadian Connection