Episode 17: William Ray and the Battle of Medak Pocket

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In this episode, host Russell Hillier talks to William Ray, veteran of the battle of the Medak Pocket.

In 1993, Canadian peace-keepers were sent to the Medak Pocket, with the goal of protecting Serbian civilians from a planned Croatian offensive. What happened next was an intense battle between Canadian and Croat forces. Medak Pocket was Canada's largest battle in the decades between the Korean War and Afghanistan. Yet instead of being thanked for their courage, veterans of the battle were told not to talk about it. As far as the government was concerned, the battle never happened.

The One Soldier Podcast studies military history from Canada and around the world, by talking to authors and veterans about their experiences, books and memoirs.

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