This makes the Balkan-engagement Norway's third largest military mission abroad after World War II, only exceeded by the military presence in post-war Germany (1947‒1953) and in the UN peacekeeping mission in Lebanon (1978‒1998).
The "Norwegian Armed Forces in the Balkans" project focuses on a chapter in Norwegian military history which for a long time has been overshadowed by the more resent military involvement in Afghanistan.
Key questions in the project are:
- why were Norwegian soldiers sent to the Balkans,
- what did they do there, and
- what did they experience?
The project will result in a book, the first comprehensive research-based account of the Norwegian military engagement in the Balkans.
The project is funded by the Norwegian Armed Forces' Veterans Administration (FVA) and the Fritt Ord Foundation.
The «Norwegian Armed Forces in the Balkans» project («Balkanprosjektet») began in September 2016. The project will result in a book which will provide the first comprehensive, research-based account of the Norwegian military engagement in the Balkans.