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?
The real Jean Schramme was a far cry from the gritty figure with a goatee seen in the movie. Neat and clean, he considered himself to be "above" the other mercenary leaders in Katanga, believing himself to be a planter and administrator in uniform only to defend his adopted homeland. He detested adventurers like the French and Belgian mercenaries who came from Europe to fight for Katanga. See more
The medevac chopper that comes to take the wounded is a Bell UH-1, commonly referred to as a Huey. At the time of the siege, the Huey was first being introduced to U.S. Army aviation units, and had not been made available for foreign military / U.N. use.
The helicopter used in Jadotville was a Sikorsky H-19, but airworthy H-19s were very rare at the time of filming, whereas Hueys were relatively easy to find. See more
I once heard a man say that, in Africa, the sun is like a furnace that either melts you or forges you.
Wi' a Hundred Pipers
Arranged by Duncan Aran and Cy Jack
Published by De Wolfe LTD. See more