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‎Pavle Đurišić 13th Waffen Mountain Division of the SS Handschar (1st Croatian) ‎Dobroslav Jevđević ‎Kosta Pećanac 23rd Waffen Mountain Division of the SS Kama (2nd Croatian) Artur Phleps Hungarian occupation of Yugoslav territories 21st Waffen Mountain Division of the SS Skanderbeg (1st Albanian) 24th Waffen Mountain Division of the SS Karstjäger Yugoslav order of battle for the invasion of Yugoslavia Axis order of battle for the invasion of Yugoslavia June 1941 uprising in eastern Herzegovina German–Partisan negotiations Bill Denny (Australian politician)
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It is currently 12:52 (UTC) on Sunday, 5 July 2015 in Wikiland, although where I live it is 23:22 (UTC + 10.5).

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When war is on, and danger high
God and soldier is the cry
When war is over, and wrongs are righted
God is forgotten, and the soldier slighted.

— Corporal Dennis, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment


Intro
I'm always interested in a serious discussion (based on the Wikipedia Architectural Quintet, of course) on any article I have edited. I have a particularly good library on Yugoslavia in the Second World War, and also on Australia in the First World War, and I will not disappoint with emotional or POV nonsense. I will bring the sources or I will shut up and get back in my box.

A bit about the former Yugoslavia
I am not from, have any connection to, nor have any proclivity to support, any faction/racial/cultural/political/religious group from the former Yugoslavia or its successor states, and like all true Wikipedians, am only interested in reliable, published sources and a neutral point of view. I spent some time there myself in the 1990's (mostly in Croatia and Bosnia & Herzegovina), and was appalled by most of what I saw and experienced, and have spent the last twenty or so years trying to understand what happened there in the 90's in the context of the past (concentrating mostly on WWII). I struggle to understand it, but one thing I do know is that all wars of the 20th Century had laws and that many of the wars that occurred in the Balkans in that time were sadly short of combatants that respected them. There were many victims there in that last 115 years, but in my view, not many good guys.

Over time, I have realised that the root cause of Yugoslavia’s demise wasn’t centuries-old ethnic hatreds, but the fact that no government in the area that became Yugoslavia ever achieved legitimacy, because they all served one group and were intolerant of others, and as result, created serious sectarian grievances. When the opportunity arose and power shifted, at the local or national level, there were always those that were willing to exploit it for their own profit, to take revenge or eliminate the potential opposition—usually targeting the powerless and defenceless. That didn't make them "big men" or "heroes", just scumbags like the rest of the war criminals that foisted their psychotic prejudice and irrational hatred on the ordinary people of Yugoslavia throughout its existence. Unfortunately for those that do have a particular point of view about the merits of one group's perspective over another, and whose comments are often unsupported by reliable, published sources, my approach to editing regularly disappoints.

I offer no salve for these editors, only cold, hard accumulated evidence gleaned from archives held the world over, and distilled into scholarly texts by academics I would kill to have a cup of coffee with (if only a few more of the true giants of Balkan historical study were still alive, where, oh where, is Tomasevich's third volume on the Partisans...?). History is not an exact science, but the weight of seventy years of meticulous historical research now bears down upon the one-eyed nonsense, conspiracy theories, and attempts to rehabilitate those from the former Yugoslavia that the reliable sources show are unworthy of rehabilitation. And the sources say that is most of them, whether you personally like it or not.

Australian military history
I am also keen on Australian military history, particularly WW1, and especially the Machine Gun companies and battalions. I wish I could drag myself away from Balkans articles for long enough to make a real contribution.

For more on why I edit where I do, see my 2015 interview in the Wikipedia Signpost.