Members of the 1st Battalion captured by Serbs in Bosnia, 1995
On 28 February 1 RWF deployed to Bosnia as part of the UN force. The enclave of Gorazde was the most dangerous and exposed garrison and was surrounded by elements of three Serb corps. The situation deteriorated in May when the Bosnian Serb Army commander decided to resolve the Eastern Enclave issue once and for all. On the 28th three A Company OPs were surrounded by a large force of heavily armed Serbs. With a restrictive mandate and Rules of Engagement, the officer and 31 men manning the OPs were taken hostage. Once situation reports were received, the remaining Gorazde Force OPs were successfully evacuated in a three our fighting withdrawal. Following high-level negotiations the last hostages were released on 14 June.