Breaking Up is Hard to Do……

Although not a “heartwarming” subject, it seems as though breaking up was the theme of our second day in Croatia.  On our way to the capital city of Zagreb, we came across the city of Karlovac, a crucial town in Croatia’s War of Independence/Homeland War (1991 – 1995).  I must admit, I didn’t know much about this region before stopping at a roadside military museum dedicated to the town’s sacrifices during the war.  The history is incredibly complicated in this region, but from what I’ve gathered, Karlovac was the stronghold for the Republic of Croatia against Serbs.  In 1992, Croatia became an independent republic, breaking its longstanding “relationship” with Yugoslavia, but the Serbs (supported by Serbia) were not happy about this decision in the least.  For more than 4 years, this town was shelled by heavily artillery and bombed by enemy fighters (Russian-produced MiGs) and many of the buildings/houses still bear the scars of the bombardment.  The museum in Karlovac had a series of tanks used by the Croatians, as well as a MiG that was shot down by the loyalist army.  The main building where the Croatian army held their meetings still stands, albeit without a roof or any windows, as a sign of the city’s endurance.

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