Janko Bobetko: Sve moje bitke - A Memoir of a Croatian General
If you are interested in the history of Croatia and its struggle for independence, you might want to read Janko Bobetko: Sve moje bitke (Janko Bobetko: All My Battles), a memoir of a Croatian Army general and Chief of the General Staff during the Croatian War of Independence from 1992 until his retirement in 1995[^2^].
In this book, Bobetko reveals his memories and testimonies as well as documents about the years - 1941 - 1971 - 1990 - 1995 and the events in which he actively participated[^1^] [^2^]. The book is divided into three chapters: Records and Testimonies, Documents, Appendices. On almost eight hundred pages, the author openly talks about all the battles he planned, executed and finished. He was always guided by an honest thought - to achieve his own, free, Croatian state[^1^].
The book is richly documented with numerous photographs, maps of military operations, copies of military documents - orders, directives, letters etc. It is necessary to read the book to understand what happened in Croatia and around it[^1^]. The book also includes summaries in English and German[^1^].
Some of the military operations that Bobetko describes in detail are Äagalj, Tigar, Maslenica, MedaÄki DÅep, Bljesak and Oluja[^3^]. In his book, he also wrote:
\"I am proud of my soldiers who fought for their homeland with dignity and courage. I am proud of my homeland that gave birth to such heroes. I am proud of my people who endured all the hardships and sacrifices for their freedom. I am proud of my faith that gave me strength and hope. I am proud of my history that taught me to love and respect my country. I am proud of my destiny that allowed me to serve my nation.\"
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In addition to his role in the Croatian War of Independence, Bobetko also had a long and distinguished career as a partisan fighter and a military officer in the former Yugoslavia. He was one of the founding members of 1st Sisak Partisan Detachment, the first anti-fascist military unit during World War II in Yugoslavia. He fought against the Nazi occupation and the UstaÅe regime, and participated in many battles and campaigns across Yugoslavia and abroad.
After the war, he continued his military service in the Yugoslav People's Army (JNA), rising to the rank of general. He held various commands and positions, such as the commander of the 5th Army District in Zagreb, the deputy chief of staff of JNA, and the head of the Military Academy. He was also involved in some international missions, such as the Non-Aligned Movement observer in Vietnam and Cambodia. He retired from JNA in 1972, after he was accused of being a Croatian nationalist by the communist authorities.
He returned to public life in 1990, when he joined the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) and supported Franjo TuÄman's vision of an independent Croatia. He became one of the key figures in the formation and development of the Croatian Army (HV), and was appointed as its chief of staff in 1992. He led HV through some of the most decisive and successful operations against the Serb rebels and the JNA, such as Operation Storm, which liberated most of the occupied Croatian territory in 1995.
He retired from HV in 1995, but remained active in politics and public affairs. He was elected as a member of parliament for HDZ in 2000, and was also nominated as a presidential candidate by some war veterans' associations. However, he withdrew from the race due to his poor health. In 2001, he was indicted by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) for alleged war crimes committed during Operation Medak Pocket in 1993. He refused to cooperate with ICTY and denied any wrongdoing. He died in 2003 at his home in Zagreb. 061ffe29dd