Heroes of Jadotville

Author: Rose Doyle
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ISBN: 9781848404885
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A revised edition of the thrilling history of the Siege of Jadotville from the soldiers' perspectives, to coincide with the Netflix film starring Jamie Dornan.

Heroes of Jadotville

Author: Rose Doyle
Publisher: New Island Books
ISBN: 9781905494316
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In 1961, a company of Irish UN troops was forced to surrender to troops loyal to the Katangese Prime Minister Moise Tshombe. The contingent of Irish UN troops sent to protect the Belgian colonists and local population in Jadotville were attacked by those they were sent to protect. This book is their story.

Siege at Jadotville

Author: Declan Power
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
ISBN: 1504758889
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Jadotville, starring Fifty Shades of Grey’s Jamie Dornan, premiere’s on Neflix in Fall 2016. In September 1961, another chapter in Irish military history should have been written into the annals, but it is a tale that lay shrouded in dust for years. The men of A Company, Thirty-Fifth Irish Infantry Battalion, arrived in the Congo as a United Nations contingent to help keep the peace. For many it would be their first trip outside their native shores. Led by Commandant Pat Quinlan, A Company found themselves tasked with protecting the European population at Jadotville, a small mining town in the southern Congolese province of Katanga. It fell to A Company to protect those who would later turn against them. On September 13th, 1961, the bright morning air of Jadotville was shattered by the sound of automatic gunfire. “In telling the full story for the first time, former soldier Declan Power does the brave men of A Company a great service.”—Irish Times (Dublin)

Katanga 1960 63

Author: Christopher Othen
Publisher: The History Press
ISBN: 0750965800
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The first full account of an African secession that introduced the modern mercenary—and killed the head of the United NationsIn King Leopold II's infamous Congo "Free" State at the turn of the century, severed hands became a form of currency. But the Belgians don't seem to have a sense of historical shame, as they connived for an independent Katanga state in 1960 to protect Belgian mining interests. What happened next was extraordinary. Katanga 1960 tells, for the first time, the full story of the Congolese province that declared independence and found itself at war with the world. The Congo had no intention of allowing the renegade region to secede, and neither did the CIA, the KGB, or the United Nations. It was a fantastically uneven battle. The UN fielded soldiers from twenty nations, America paid the bills, and the Soviets intrigued behind the scenes. Yet to everyone's surprise the new nation's rag-tag army of local gendarmes, jungle tribesmen and, controversially, European mercenaries, refused to give in. For two and a half years Katanga, the scrawniest underdog ever to fight a war, held off the world with guerrilla warfare, two-faced diplomacy, and some shady financial backing. It even looked as if the Katangese might win.

The Man with the Iron Heart

Author: Harry Turtledove
Publisher: Del Rey
ISBN: 0345507770
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What if V-E Day didn’t end World War II in Europe? What if, instead, the Allies had to face a potent, even fanatical, postwar Nazi resistance? Such a movement, based in the fabled Alpine Redoubt, was in fact a real threat, ultimately neutralized by Germany’s flagging resources and squabbling officials. But had SS Obergruppenführer Reinhard Heydrich, the notorious Man with the Iron Heart, not been assassinated in 1942, fate might have taken a different turn. We might likely have seen a German guerrilla war launched against the conquerors, presaging by more than half a century the protracted conflict with an unrelenting enemy that now engulfs the United States and its allies in Iraq. How might today’s clash of troops versus terrorists have played out in 1945? In this imagined world, Nazi forces resort to unconventional warfare, using the quick and dirty tactics of terrorism–booby traps, time bombs, mortar and rocket strikes in the night, assassinations, even kamikaze-style suicide attacks–to overturn what seemed to be a decisive Allied victory. In November 1945, a truck bomb blows up the Nuremberg Palace of Justice, where high-ranking Nazi officials are about to stand trial for war crimes. None of the accused are there when the bomb goes off, but their judges, all of them present and accounted for, are annihilated. Worse acts of terrorism follow all over Europe. Suddenly the Allies–especially the United States–must battle an invisible enemy and sacrifice countless lives in a long, seemingly pointless, unwinnable conflict. On the home front, patriotism corrodes, political fortunes are made and lost in the face of an antiwar backlash, and a once-proud country wonders how the righteous fight for freedom overseas has collapsed into a hopeless quagmire. At once a novel of thrilling military suspense, intriguing alternate history, and profound insight into contemporary affairs, The Man with the Iron Heart is a tour de force by a storyteller of exceptional imaginative power. From the Hardcover edition.

To Katanga and Back

Author: Conor Cruise O'Brien
Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 0571323340
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July 1960: The newly independent Congo is hit by the secession of its mineral rich-province Katanga, led by Mose Tshombe and backed by Belgium and Britain. June 1961: Dr Conor Cruise O'Brien arrives in Katanga as Special Representative of United Nations Secretary General Dag Hammarskjld, his task (under a UN resolution) to arrest and repatriate the mercenaries and foreign interests propping up Tshombe. The consequences of this mission will prove fateful for all parties. This is the story of how a brilliant Irish diplomat found himself in Africa amid one of history's maelstroms. O'Brien reconstructs the complex, tragic, sometimes comic events of a drama in which he found himself controversially at centre stage. The result is history from the inside: a valuable study of 'the game of nations', and of the UN's unique functioning and malfunctioning.

Shadows Will Fall

Author: Rose Doyle
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780340827437
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There are three murders, two in Dublin and one in New York. The police theory is that they are copycat murders but Frances Shaw thinks differently. For Frances Shaw the police investigation of today's murder exposes a past that unravels her carefully strucxtured life. But she is too keen a student of psychology, and too personally acquainted with love, loss and betrayal to accept the police theory. She also has a lot more of the facts than they do. Then comes the fire and the threats and a trip to Coney Island. Frances Shaw gains more knowledge about evil than she wanted.

At Arm s Length

Author: Anne Chambers
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781904301769
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The Splendid Years

Author: Maire Nic Shuibhlaigh
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781848405097
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An autobiography of M ire Nic Shuibhlaigh, a founding actress of the Abbey Theatre and its first leading lady when it opened in 1904. Her beauty and talent captivated both national and international audiences and critics. Portrait artists queued up to paint her. Revolutionaries and poets wrote plays for her. This is M ire's first-hand account of some of the momentous events that shaped Irish history, including the establishment of the Abbey Theatre, and her role as leader of the Cumann na mBan girls' in Jacob's Biscuit Factory during the 1916 Easter Rising. Her eventful and significant life provides an accurate portrayal of a time of resurgence and renewal.