Canadians at Arms Historical Society (www.canadiansatarms.ca) began a project in 2021 to tell the story of the 2nd Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (2PPCLI) experience in the Medak Pocket, Croatia, in 1993. This campaign is to raise funds for this project.
“DO THE RIGHT THING: Canadians and the Medak Pocket”, is the working title of this project.
What began as a blue-helmet peacekeeping mission turned into a peacemaking mission and a series of battles with the Croatian army and mercenaries, which have been described as one of the most severe battles fought by the Canadian Forces since the Korean War. The story also includes the gruesome discovery of ethnic cleansing of Serbian civilians by Croatian soldiers.
Our project is to write a screenplay that can be turned into either a docudrama or a full-length movie. This is not an easy task nor is it inexpensive.
The funds will be used for the research into what led up to the battles, the battles themselves and the after-effects on the soldiers who were part of them.
Our research includes testimony from Canadian soldiers from the Commanding Officer on down. It includes material from online articles and videos, magazines, books and personal interviews. We are procuring testimony and documentation from the International Criminal Court which prosecuted Croatian military leaders for the ethnic cleansing. Additionally, we are seeking documentation from both the Croatian and Serbian sides of the conflict.