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?
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 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 "hip-shot" and "mowing" as valid stances, and they remained in the manual as late as 2019. The efficiency of these stances is today a matter of some contention, but the stances were none the less taught at the time. 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