Museum of Battle for the Wounded on the Neretva River

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Nearby the broken bridge which is the symbol of this battle and most important exhibit, there is a Museum „ The Battle for Wounded of Neretva“ which was opened in November the 12th 1978 in occasion of marking the 35th anniversary of battle on Neretva. The architects of the museum are: Branko Tadić, Zdravko Dundjerovic and Mustafa Ramic from Sarajevo. Overall surface of the Museum is 3312 square meters.

Inside the compound of Museum, next to the exhibition display area of „Battle on Neretva“, there are staging of 4th corp. of Army of BiH and Jablanica ethno house. In the building of the museum, next to the exhibition area, there are lobby and small hall for occasional indoor events, a big hall with 500 seats and a library with a reading room.

The city library's been placed inside the Museum „Battle for Wounded on Neretva“ since February the 22nd 1984. The library is in disposal over 10000 books. Since it's opening, the Museum has been visited by over 3 million visitors. The central manifestation of 65th anniversary was marked on 26th April 2008 in a presence over 3000 visitors all over Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro and Serbia.

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The Museum the Battle for Wounded on Neretva is 80 kilometers South of Sarajevo and 45 kilometers North of Mostar. The Battle for Wounded on Neretva river was a salvation for more than 4000 wounded. It was the battle raged in February and March of 43. by partisans who were surrounded by German troops combined with Italian troops, Ustashe and Chetniks.

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It all took place in the valley of Neretva and Prozor basin. In month of February Partisan units, civilian refugees along with wounded found themselves surrounded. In those difficult times Josip Broz Tito, the partisan commander, ordered to bring down all the bridges in that area. Four of them brought down on Neretva and one on Rama, the river.

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The German commanders were ensured that partisans, along with the wounded and civilian, won't be heading to East over the river Neretva, but to North in the Valley of Vrbas River. On the other hand, the breakthrough didn't happen as it was expected by German command, but in Jablanica across the river Neretva. However, breaking out of this kind was quite of unique phenomena in history of war. The heavy force surrounding much weaker opponent was shattered without any outside help.

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