The Battle of Vrbanja Bridge occurred on 27 May 1995 between United
Nations peacekeepers from the French Army and elements of the Bosnian
Serb–aligned Army of Republika Srpska (VRS). It began after the VRS
seized French-manned observation posts of the United Nations Protection
Force at both ends of the Vrbanja Bridge in Sarajevo, Bosnia and
Herzegovina, during the Bosnian War, taking twelve French peacekeepers
hostage. Two of them remained held at the bridge as human shields. A
platoon of 30 French peacekeepers, led by then-Captain François
Lecointre, recaptured the bridge with the support of 70 French
infantrymen and direct fire from armoured vehicles. Two French soldiers
were killed and seventeen were wounded during the battle. VRS casualties
were four killed, several wounded and four captured. VRS forces were
subsequently less likely to engage French UN peacekeepers deployed in
the city. In 2017, Lecointre was appointed Chief of the Defence Staff of
France with the rank of army general.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Vrbanja_Bridge>
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