Siege of Jadotville

Siege of Jadotville
Part of Operation Morthor in the Congo Crisis
Siege of Jadotville is located in Democratic Republic of the Congo
Jadotville
Jadotville
Siege of Jadotville (Democratic Republic of the Congo)
Date13–17 September 1961
Location
Result Katangese victory
Belligerents
 Katanga

United Nations ONUC

Commanders and leaders
Strength
  • ~3,000 Belgian, French, and Rhodesian led Katanga mercenaries and irregulars[4][5]
  • 1 jet trainer aircraft
  • Irish company:
  • 155 soldiers[6][7]
  •  
  • In support:
  • 500 Irish, Indian and Swedish soldiers
Casualties and losses
  • ~300 killed[8][9]
  • ~1,000 wounded
  • 3 Indians killed[10]
  • 5 wounded
  • 155 captured
  • 1 transport vehicle
  • 1 helicopter damaged

The siege of Jadotville [ʒa.do.vil] was an engagement which occurred in September 1961 in which a small contingent of Irish troops serving as part of the United Nations Operation in the Congo (Opération des Nations Unies au Congo, ONUC) were besieged in the mining town of Jadotville (modern-day Likasi) by Katangese forces loyal to the secessionist State of Katanga. The siege took place during the seven-day escalation of a stand-off between ONUC and Katangese forces during Operation Morthor. Although the Irish soldiers resisted Katangese attacks for five days while a relief force of Irish, Indian and Swedish troops attempted to reach them, they were eventually forced to surrender. They were subsequently held as prisoners of war for approximately one month.

  1. ^ "Soldiers of Fortune Mercenary wars: Congo 1960/68".
  2. ^ Ciaran Byrne (27 July 2016). "The True Story of the Heroic Battle That Inspired the New Netflix Film The Siege of Jadotville". Time. Retrieved 31 October 2017.
  3. ^ Tom Farrell (9 October 2011). "Band of brothers: Tom Farrell talks to some of the survivors 50 years on". Irish Independent. Retrieved 30 October 2017. Although he is described in the text as a 'platoon commander' who was eventually a captain, the accompanying photograph is marked 'Lt Noel Carey'.
  4. ^ Power 2005, p. 153: "the Katangans had begun moving in large numbers of troops culminating in a brigade strength unit of approximately 3,000"
  5. ^ "Congo, Part 1; 1960–1963". Air Combat Information Group. Archived from the original on 11 November 2014. Retrieved 8 December 2014.
  6. ^ O'Donoghue 2006.
  7. ^ Stanley Meisler (1995). United Nations: The First Fifty Years. Atlantic Monthly Press. ISBN 9780871136565.
  8. ^ Cite error: The named reference bravery was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  9. ^ Peace Operations and Intrastate Conflict. Greenwood Publishing Group. 1999. ISBN 9780275961732.
  10. ^ Asante 2014, p. 302-303.