- Lt. Col. JIM BAXTER
(Deputy Rupert Smith)
- UN SOLDIER GERALD VERHAEGH
UN
DEFENSE OF SREBRENICA
JULY 11th, 1995
SREBRENICA
Witness Lt. Col. Jim Baxter stated:
"The survival of Srebrenica depended on three layers of defense: 3,000 poorly armed Bosnian troops in the enclave, whose heavy weapons had been confiscated and were under the control of the UN; 450 people in the Dutch battalion, under the UN flag, and the threat of NATO air strikes."

Witness Gerald Verhaegh, a soldier in the Dutch battalion, testified:
"On one side there were 370 soldiers in the Dutch battalion, and on the other there were thousands of soldiers armed to the teeth. Even if we'd had three times as many peacekeepers they wouldn't have been enough to stop the Serbs." As the end drew near, the helpless Dutch soldiers were increasingly humiliated by the Serbs. Verhaegh had to hand over his helmet and protective vest. Dressed as Dutch soldiers, it would be far easier for the Serbs to convince Muslims to surrender.
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