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Mercedes-Benz GD, 4 x 4, 24V (Front view, right side)


Front view, right side

Picture courtesy of Henrik Clausen, Copenhagen


In 1992 the Danish Battalion in Croatia had a visit by UNPROFOR Force Commander General Satish Nambiar. After the visit the general was escorted to the military airport of Bihac, from where he flew back to the UN HQ in Sarajevo. Returning to the Danish camp the escort (2 Mercedes GD Scout Cars) were captured in a fight between Serbs and Muslims in the city of Bosanska Krupa.
The soldiers had to take shelter in the local post office during a shelling of the city. Luckily enough this meant that they were able to phone back to the camp, and ask for assistance. A rescue-party was gathered, and an APC was dispatched to the scene in order to pick up the personnel. Because of the heavy shelling the 2 GDŽs were left behind.
When the soldiers returned to get the vehicles, they had been taken by a local serbian police force. After a period of time where the cars had been spotted on several occasions, the Danish forces gathered a new "rescue-party" and "persuaded" the Serbs to let the Danes repossess the vehicles.
After a period of time the vehicles were shipped back to Denmark. One of the vehicles is exhibited at the UN-museum in Froeslev in southern Jutland (shown below). The whereabout of the second vehicle is not known.


Mercedes-Benz GD, 4 x 4, 24V (Front view, left side)

  Front view, left side

Picture courtesy of Allan Snogdahl, Lille Skensved

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