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The Peacemakers of Niemba: The Full Story of the Congo Ambush

The Peacemakers of Niemba: The Full Story of the Congo Ambush

Tom McCaughren

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First published in 1996, this book tells the story of what happened in the Congo in 1960 when nine Irish soldiers lost their lives in an ambush

In 1960 the Irish people were devastated by news that nine of the soldiers that they had sent to the Congo as part of a U.N. peace mission had been killed by warriors.

As the funeral cortège passed through Dublin, it was watched by thousands of people in one of the biggest shows of emotion ever seen in the capital. They knew that the soldiers had been killed in an ambush, but precious little else. Soon afterwards journalist Tom McCaughren began a two-year search to find out what had happened.

The story that emerged was of a small group of soldiers deployed in hostile bush country, their fear that warriors called ‘the Cats’ were closing in, ‘magic water’ rituals, an ambush, a daring raid on a tribal stronghold to snatch some of the perpetrators, a dramatic trial and a secret mission to find a gallant soldier missing in action.

‘Graphic, detailed and authentic account. Fascinating’  Maj.-Gen. Dave Ashe (retd), Deputy Chief of Staff (Support), Defence Forces Ireland

‘Excellent’  An Cosantóir, Defence Forces Magazine

‘Detailed and necessary account of a legendary fight’  The Irish Times

'Tom McCaughren brings the brief history of the Niemba garrison within reach of every home’  Irish Independent

Additional Information

Author Tom McCaughren
Publisher Somerville Press
Publication date 17 Oct 2013
Format Paperback with flaps
ISBN/EAN 9780957346116

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