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?
Jadotville was the first major battle fought with the Belgian- made 7.62 mm FN-FAL Battle Rifle, with both sides utilizing what was essentially the same rifle. The Irish had their L1A1 variant and the Belgian/French/Katangese forces used Belgian made rifles to include the early version of the paratrooper FAL, commonly called the "Congo Rifle". 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.
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