Leisure and Defence on Lastovo

Antonia Dika: Of Soldiers and Tourists. Abandoned Military Facilities on the Adriatic Islands / Lastovo, TU Vienna, 2008

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from Antonia Dika: Of Soldiers and Tourists. Abandoned Military Facilities on the Adriatic Islands / Lastovo, TU Vienna, 2008

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from Antonia Dika: Of Soldiers and Tourists. Abandoned Military Facilities on the Adriatic Islands / Lastovo, TU Vienna, 2008

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from Antonia Dika: Of Soldiers and Tourists. Abandoned Military Facilities on the Adriatic Islands / Lastovo, TU Vienna, 2008

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from Antonia Dika: Of Soldiers and Tourists. Abandoned Military Facilities on the Adriatic Islands / Lastovo, TU Vienna, 2008

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from Antonia Dika: Of Soldiers and Tourists. Abandoned Military Facilities on the Adriatic Islands / Lastovo, TU Vienna, 2008

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from Antonia Dika: Of Soldiers and Tourists. Abandoned Military Facilities on the Adriatic Islands / Lastovo, TU Vienna, 2008

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Lastovo, the most remote inhabited Croatian island, had a similar military fate as the neighbouring island of Vis. It was chosen by the Yugoslav People's Army to be something like Vis' little sister – a kind of reserve military island.

If you ask the locals about the military areas, you will immediately get the answer: "half of the island was military", or "they took half the island". If you then ask about the exact zones, the answers will vary. The border here (as on Vis) was probably mainly psychological, and the barbed wire fencing was not erected until 1988 when the island was opened to foreign tourists.

Today, all JNA facilities on the island are abandoned. Some barracks were taken over by the Croatian military after the withdrawal of the JNA, but they have all been left in the meantime. Only on the mountain Pleševo Brdo the military is still stationed. There is a new radar installation there, operated by a few soldiers. According to one of them, the radar is now used almost exclusively for "civilian purposes", such as to make sure that no Italian fishing boats are fishing in Croatian waters.

Excerpt from Antonia Dika: Of Soldiers and Tourists. Abandoned Military Facilities on the Adriatic Islands / Lastovo, TU Vienna, 2008. To read more (in german) see: https://issuu.com/ntndk5/docs/lastovo

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