By participating in foreign operations, the Czech Republic builds on her experience prior to joining NATO and the EU, when the country was incorporated in the Partnership for Peace programme, within which the successful mission into the countries of former Yugoslavia was organised.
Until this time, the Armed Forces of the CR (ACR) took part in 31 foreign operations
in various depressed areas. They participate in humanitarian operations all over the world. Czech soldiers also work in different parts of the world as observers of the UN and OSCE.
Most significant past foreign operations of the Armed Forces of the CR:
– Persian Gulf War – Desert Storm Operation was the first active participation of the Czech Army in foreign operations by sending the Czechoslovak Chemical Defence Troop. 200 volunteer soldiers were sent to this area by the army.
– war conflict in the countries of former Yugoslavia – participation in the peacekeeping operation within the UNPROFOR troops. The mission was decided by the UN Security Council on 27 November 1991 and consequently the participation of the Armed Forces of the CSFR, later CR, was decided. The operation included 2,250 volunteer soldiers in total. The activity of the Czech Armed Forces under UNPROFOR was positively assessed. The troop was admitted to the ranks of the Czechoslovak Legions as the 42nd troop for their effort, courage and example representation of their country in December 1993, thus continuing the famous legionary tradition.
– Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia – peacekeeping operation within the IFOR, SFOR, SFOR II troops. The mission was divided into several stages. From the view of the Armed Forces of the CR, it counted the biggest number of soldiers, 6,300 in total. This peacekeeping operation was the longest in our history as it ended in 2004.
– Kosovo – peacekeeping operation within the KFOR troops. The Czech Republic participated in this mission with an exploration troop and an An-26 transport aircraft. The mission counted 2,400 soldiers and the participation of the Czech Armed Forces in Kosovo under KFOR continued even after 2005.
You can find more detailed information about particular operations and their complete list here