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Watch The Siege of Jadotville

The screen of the TV is filled with the African landscape of tall grasses and trees, as a multitude of armed Katangese mercenaries advance upon the position of a small group of UN Irish peacekeepers. The action unfolds with the bursting of gunfire from both sides of the battlefield, erupting into a full scale bulletstorm. Chaos ensues as the commanding officer of the Irish Force yells commands for his men to keep suppressing fire on the enemy. Mercenaries start dropping on the opposite side of the field, as they lacked the trenches and buildings necessary for protection from the onslaught of bullets. The battle continues on, even as the sun begins to sink below the horizon. This is the Siege of Jadotville.

Jadotville, or present-day Likasi, is in what used to be the state of Katanga, but is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Katanga declared themselves to be independent states to the Congo and as a result, civil war erupted afterwards. The use of force for the UN forces there was authorized shortly after the deaths of nine Irishmen. Hostilities between the Katangese forces and the UN troops increased due to this action of authorization.

“The Siege of Jadotville” follows the heroic story of “A” Company, a contingent of 157 Irish UN troops led by Commandant Pat Quinlan. These soldiers have never experienced any battles beforehand, and aren’t battle-hardened as a result. They will become referred to as the “Jadotville Jacks,” as used throughout the Irish Defense Forces for derision and mockery. “A” Company’s soldiers would never be recognized for their actions once the battle was over, nor would there be any decorations or medals given, because many people in the Irish Defense Force perceived the battle as shameful.  

“The Siege of Jadotville” reveals an astonishing story of heroism and true against-the-odds soldiering. 157 Irishmen against the supposed force of 3000 attackers? The unexpected outcome of the battle was truly remarkable, and I really do recommend this movie to all. Felmon Madronio, a freshmen, didn’t know about this event but says, “ I’m kinda shocked though that there were no deaths… I’m gonna watch this for sure!” Stephanie Yang, a teacher aid at SMHS, commented that “this movie really does sound interesting, guess I’m gonna watch it then.” In 2004, the Irish Defence Forces cleared Quinlan and A Company of allegations of soldierly misconduct. A commemorative stone recognizing the soldiers of A Company was made in the grounds of Custume Barracks in Athlone in 2005.

 

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