Heroes of Jadotville: The Soldiers' Story


In 1961, during the UN intervention in the Katangan conflict in the Congo, a company of Irish peacekeeping troops was forced to surrender to soldiers loyal to Katanga's president, Moise Tshombe.

Originally dispatched to protect Belgian colonists in Jadotville, they were isolated without water, supplies or support.  They were then attacked and forced to defend themselves in a brutal and bloody five-day battle.  Shamefully neglected by their superiors, they were portrayed as cowards upon their return home.

In this new and updated edition, Rose Doyle uses interviews, reports, journals and letters to bring answers and clarity to an episode long ignored.  Here is the real story of what happened, how Irish peacekeepers became pawns in an international struggle for control of Katanga and its mineral wealth.

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