The Siege at Jadotville (September 13th 1961 to September 17th 1961) and it‚Äôs aftermath.
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Title: The Siege at Jadotville (September 13th 1961 to September 17th 1961) and it’s aftermath.
I have chosen the siege at Jadotville which took place in the Congo in September 1961 as the subject of this study. I have chosen this subject because I am an African living in Ireland and this event involved Irish soldiers on peacekeeping duty in Africa.
The aim of this study is to describe the events that took place in Jadotville and also the subsequent treatment by the Irish authorities of these brave men. I intend to do this by giving a detailed description of the events that took place during the siege and briefly describing the negative reaction of the Irish authorities in the aftermath and their later recognition of…show more content…
Despite the poor quality of their radio equipment “A” Company managed to maintain contact with the main UN force in Elisabethville and were informed that reinforcements were on their way. These reinforcements were turned back at nearby Lufira Bridge by Katangan troops and, despite making a second attempt with a larger force the following day, never made it to Jadotville.
On the second day a Fouga jet arrived over Jadotville and bombed the Irish positions. The fighting continued throughout that day and the next with the Fouga returning on several occasions but “A” Company held their position with no loss of life.
On the fourth day a helicopter arrived with supplies and succeeded in landing near the Irish positions. Unfortunately the supplies were useless as the containers used for water had not been cleaned properly and the mortar ammunition was for the wrong mortars.
By firing on the helicopter the Katangan troops had revealed their positions and for the next two hours the Irish fired on them with devastating effect. It became clear that the Katangan forces were in disarray with many seen fleeing into the bush and white officers opened fire on them to stem this retreat.
At this time the Katangans, unaware that the relief column had retreated, requested a ceasefire. Effectively “A” company had won the Battle of Jadotville. Unfortunately as soon as the Katangans