Macedonia (Operation Bessemer)

22/08/2001 - 12/10/2001

HQ 16 Air Asslt Bde became HQ Task Force Harvest with a multinational force of 15 nations under command. Their mission was to deploy to collect and dispose of NLA weapons and ammunition in order to restore stability in the FYROM.

As the NLA operated primarily in the mountains of Western Macedonia, the terrain was eminently suitable for light operations. 2 PARA took under command 9 Para Sqn RE and the Dutch Coy for all missions. An Italian Mechanised Sqn was also placed under command for the third mission to Brodec. B Company also conducted missions with the French 2 REI, and C (Gurkha) Company independent missions with the Harvest Liaison Teams (Special Forces).

2 PARA successfully conducted 3 major arms collection operations and then recovered to UK on 12 October.


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