In 1961, the UN sends an Irish peacekeeper troop commanded by Commandant Pat Quinlan to Katanga, in Congo, to protect the inhabitants of the mining town of Jadotville in the beginning of a civil war. Meanwhile the UN advisor Dr. Conor Cruise O'Brien launches a military attack named Operation Morthor against the French and Belgian mercenaries. Soon there is a reprisal from the mercenaries and Quinlan and his men are left under siege by a huge number of Katangese and mercenary troops. Will the Irish soldiers resist the attack?
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Did You Know?
The battle at Jadotville has long been fodder for conspiracy theories due to a number of controversial U.N. leadership errors. Jadotville was easily isolated from the main force in distant Elizabethville by closing the Lufira bridge, and the total absence of U.N. combat aircraft in the theater made air cover impossible; these two factors were easily deduced and proved critical during the siege. The stated purpose of the mission was to safeguard white settlers in the Jadotville area, but Commandant Quinlan discovered not only that the settlers didn't want protection, but that many of them were hostile towards the U.N. presence; U.N. leaders rebuffed Quinlan when he tried to discuss the precarious tactical situation and ambiguous mission objectives. Quinlan was not notified in advance about the raids in Elizabethville. Once the siege began, a hastily assembled and lightly armed U.N. force sent to the Lufira bridge was prematurely withdrawn even though the enemy gendarmes they encountered were poorly prepared and were taking heavy casualties; the respite allowed Katangan forces to dig in and stop the U.N. relief column that subsequently arrived. Finally, the water airlifted to the troops by helicopter was contaminated with diesel fuel and was undrinkable.
Although these errors may have been the result of simple (and pervasive) incompetence by U.N. leadership, some conspiracy theorists have accused the U.N. of purposefully undermining the Irish contingent. See more
When Hammarskjöld's airplane is attacked, the fighter seen briefly outside the window is a different type than the Phantom II fighter jet seen in the following shot. See more
I once heard a man say that, in Africa, the sun is like a furnace that either melts you or forges you.
Wi' a Hundred Pipers
Arranged by Duncan Aran and Cy Jack
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