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 real Jean Schramme was a far cry from the gritty figure with a goatee seen in the movie. Neat and clean, he considered himself to be "above" the other mercenary leaders in Katanga, believing himself to be a planter and administrator in uniform only to defend his adopted homeland. He detested adventurers like the French and Belgian mercenaries who came from Europe to fight for Katanga. See more
The Irish NCO is seen firing a Swedish m/45 sub-machine gun from the hip. This may seem like a stylistic action movie choice. However, the Swedish soldier manual - when that weapon was in use - did in fact detail one stance for hip-fire. The stance was named "mowing". Its efficiency can be discussed, but the stance was none the less taught. See more
I once heard a man say that, in Africa, the sun is like a furnace that either melts you or forges you.
Rakish Paddy, The Wild Irishman
Arranged by Kevin Crehan
Performed by Kevin Crehan
, Danny Taylor and Hal Rosenfeld
Published by Dogwood Flower Music See more