In 1961, the UN sends an Irish peacekeeper troop commanded by Commandant Pat Quilan 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 Quilana and his men are left under the siege of a huge Katangese and mercenary troops. Will the Irish soldiers resist to the attack?
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Did You Know?
During the briefing scene where Faulques discusses the Katangese attackers being caught off-guard, a mercenary is seen with the wild goose patch of the Congolese Army's famed 5 Commando, a white Anglophone mercenary unit. This is an anachronism, as 5 Commando fought in the Simba Rebellion, not the Katanga Secession, and wasn't formed until almost two years after the Siege of Jadotville, in 1964. See more
The men of A Company return from the Congo to Dublin on what appears to be an Irish Air Corps C-130 Hercules transport. The Irish Air Corps never operated the C-130 or any comparable medium tactical transport. The Irish civilian flag carrier Aer Lingus did operate turboprop aircraft, but nothing comparable to the C-130 and Aer Lingus aircraft would not be painted in military grey.
Historical documents indicate that the Irish troops flew on a United States Air Force C-124 Globemaster II, a long-range heavy-lift strategic transport retired from service in 1974 and last flown in 1986. At the time of filming, all surviving Globemaster II aircraft were in storage or on static display in the Republic of Korea or the United States. Using an inauthentic C-130 was presumably more convenient and less expensive, as the South African Air Force operated the type locally, whereas using a C-124 would have required shooting the sequence in a different country. See more
I once heard a man say that, in Africa, the sun is like a furnace that either melts you or forges you.
Written by Sam Cooke
Performed by Sam Cooke
Published by ABKCO Music, Inc. and RCA Records See more