Montenegro… We thought it looked more like a Scandinavian country than a Baltic one. I mean, look at the pictures:
The Republic of Dubrovnik – a piece of Croatia isolated from the rest of the country in order to give Bosnia-Herzegovina a small section of coastline…
I know what you’re thinking… Dubrovnik and Montenegro are too pretty and too tame for Team Ames. Don’t worry though, this is what Dubrovnik looked like in 1991:
Over 68% of the buildings in the Old City were struck by Serb artillery shells in 1991-92. And The New York Times estimated Dubrovnik suffered 200 dead and 900 wounded during this period which destroyed more than 3,000 residences and damaged 5,500 buildings.
You see, the southern end of Croatia is of great tactical importance: The northern shore of the Bay of Kotor, where the Yugoslav Navy was based, is in what is now Croatia. When Croatia declared independence from what had been Yugoslavia (Serbian controlled), Serbians feared that the navy would be denied its best harbor and went to war in this area to try and keep Dubrovnik – pitting Croatian Army forces directly against the Serbian-led Yugoslav Army.
Croatian forces eventually prevailed, pressing their offensive against the Yugoslav Army, by firing cannons from hilltop positions three miles southeast of Dubrovnik while squads of commandos worked their way along the rugged coast to force the Serbs back into Montenegro.