13th August 1993 During the war in Bosnia: BSA (Bosnian-Serb) soldiers relax in the hot sun on Bjelašnica mountain after intense fighting with ARBiH forces.
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Dimensions:9001 x 5889 px | 76.2 x 49.9 cm | 30 x 19.6 inches | 300dpi
Date taken:13 August 1993
Location:Babin Do, Bjelašnica, Bosnia & Herzegovina.
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This was next to the Hotel Famos, today called the Hotel Maršal. Bjelašnica became an area of major strategic importance during the Siege of Sarajevo. The territory covered by the Bjelašnica range and the Igman plateau between Konjic and the United Nations-controlled Sarajevo Airport was from the outset of the conflict controlled by the ARBiH. By mid-1993, the central plateau of Igman came under increased Serb military pressure when the suspicion became stronger that the area had become a major logistical artery of the besieged city as a result of the construction of the Sarajevo tunnel. A major BSA offensive that started in July 1993 led to the fall of Trnovo and on 4 August 1993 Serb forces captured the Bjelašnica summit, just 23 kms south of Sarajevo, and part of the Igman supply road. The BSA advance was stopped under threat of NATO airstrikes. After tense negotiations, the BSA retreated from the Bjelašnica summit, but not before blowing up the communications tower. French UNPROFOR units were stationed on Bjelašnica and the Igman area was declared a Demilitarised Zone by the UN.