I had a brief conversation with a Croatian taxi driver recently who claimed that the IRA supported the Croats during their war of Independence and a number of Provo volunteers even went to Croatia to participate in the fighting. The driver claimed that one volunteer in particular rose to the rank of Colonel in the Croatian army and was eventually killed in the fighting.
Has anyone ever heard about this? It seemed very unlikely to me I have to say. Anyway, out of curiousity I had a quick search online and found that an Irishman was indeed killed in the Croatian war (the source is a very creepy white supremacy website which I'm not going to link) however there was no mention of IRA involvement in any way.
I did notice that the Real IRA attempted to buy arms in Bosnia in the early part of the 2000's and that these were found in transit through Croatia, but that is about all.
So has anyone ever heard of this? Is it just a Croatian urban legend?