The Peacemakers of Niemba: The Full Story of the Congo Ambush (Paperback)
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 cortSge 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.