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
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The characters of Rene Falques and Black Jack are, respectively, based off of mercenary commanders Colonel Roger Faulques, and Commandant Jean Schramme, alias "Black Jack." Neither Faulques, an ex-Foreign Legion officer given overall command of the Katangese Gendarmes, nor Schramme, a wealthy plantation-owner turned commander of his personal 'Leopard Battalion;, were actually present at Jadotville. Instead, Captain Henri-Maurice Lasimone, an ex-French Army paratrooper who hated Roger Faulques and dated a UN aid worker, and Captain Michel de Clary, a French aristocrat who preferred warfare to indolence, were commanding the Gendarmes. In the film the role of de Clary as overall commander is filled by Faulques, and the role of Lasimone as second-in-command is filled by Schramme. See more
Hammarskjöld's DC-6 is shown being attacked by a McDonnell F4H (later McDonnell Douglas F-4) Phantom II fighter jet. In September 1961, the sole combat user of this aircraft was the United States Navy; several years would elapse before this jet was widely distributed to other countries, and the first and only African user would be Egypt, which did not obtain any until 1979.
It has been speculated that the producers were trying to imply the existence of an anti-U.N. conspiracy by the United States; however, the flight went down near Ndola, Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland (now Zambia), which is about 630 mi (1,015 km) from the nearest part of the Indian Ocean, well beyond the feasible combat radius of a Phantom II fighter operating from an aircraft carrier.
Historians speculate that Hammarskjöld's flight was attacked by a Fouga Magister, an entirely dissimilar-looking jet that is (correctly) seen attacking the Irish troops at other times during the film. See more
I once heard a man say that, in Africa, the sun is like a furnace that either melts you or forges you.
Foot Stompin' Part 1
Written by Aaron Collins
Performed by The Flares
Published by Universal/MCA Music LTD on behalf of Songs of Universal, Inc.
Courtesy of Decca Music Group, under license from Universal Music Operations Ltd. See more