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)

Der schnelle Tod

Author: Adrian McKinty
Publisher: Suhrkamp Verlag
ISBN: 3518747002
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Ein unfreiwilliger Einsatz für den britischen Geheimdienst wird zum Himmelfahrtskommando für Michael Forsythe. Die Terrorzelle, in die er eingedrungen ist, entpuppt sich als ein Haufen sadistischer Killer. Die beste Lösung, aus der Sache wieder rauszukommen, ist zurückzuschlagen. Die zweitbeste ein schneller Tod ... Fünf Jahre im Zeugenschutzprogramm sind eine verdammt lange Zeit. Fünf Jahre Einöde, eine falsche Identität und Dauerüberwachung. Michael Forsythe braucht dringend Abwechslung. Doch was ein entspannter Strandurlaub werden sollte, endet zwischen den Fronten rivalisierender Fußballfans und schließlich im Gefängnis. Eine britische Agentin stellt Michael vor die Wahl: zehn Jahre mexikanische Gefängnishölle oder Undercover-Agent in einer Splittergruppe der IRA. Die Entscheidung fällt Michael nicht schwer. Er schafft es, zum inneren Kreis der Bande vorzudringen. Doch der Einsatz entwickelt sich zu einem Alptraum. Schon bald hat er keine Verbündeten mehr, und ihm wird klar, daß er wieder vor einer Wahl steht: töten oder getötet werden?

Der Traum des Kelten

Author: Mario Vargas Llosa
Publisher: Suhrkamp Verlag
ISBN: 3518736051
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August 1916, die Todeszelle eines Londoner Gefängnisses. Roger Casement erinnert sich an seine Jahre im belgischen Kongo, wo er für die britische Regierung einen Bericht über die kolonialen Grausamkeiten verfasst. Er denkt zurück an seine Kindheit in Irland und seine zwiespältige Herkunft aus einer katholisch-protestantischen Familie. An das Jahr 1910, als er die Gräuel einer mit britischem Kapital im Amazonasgebiet tätigen Firma aufdeckt. Und an seine eigentliche Mission, die Berlinreise, wo er Unterstützung für die irische Unabhängigkeitsbewegung sucht. Doch in den Wirren des Ersten Weltkrieges gerät er zwischen alle Fronten. Und wird von denen verraten, die er zu lieben glaubt ... Mario Vargas Llosa zeichnet eindrucksvoll das Leben, die inneren und äußeren Kämpfe des abenteuerlichen Idealisten Roger Casement aus Irland nach, den Traum eines Kelten von einer freien, befriedeten Welt.

Von Stalingrad bis Kursk

Author: Henning Stühring
Publisher: epubli
ISBN: 3844276092
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Das zweite Jahr an der Ostfront aus Sicht der Soldaten und dem Blick der Strategen

Ireland Africa and the End of Empire

Author: Kevin O'Sullivan
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0719086027
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In the twenty years after Ireland joined the UN in 1955, one subject dominated its fortunes: Africa. The first detailed study of Ireland's relationship with that continent, this book documents its special place in Irish history. Adopting a highly original, and strongly comparative approach, it shows how small and middling powers like Ireland, Canada, the Netherlands and the Nordic states used Africa to shape their position in the international system, and how their influence waned with the rise of the Afro-Asian bloc. O'Sullivan chronicles Africa's impact on Irish foreign policy; the link between African decolonisation and Irish post-colonial identity; and the missionaries, aid workers, diplomats, peacekeepers, and anti-apartheid protesters at the heart of Irish popular understanding of the developing world. Offering a fascinating account of small state diplomacy, and a unique perspective on African decolonisation, this book provides essential insight for scholars of Irish history, African history, international relations, and the history of NGOs, as well as anyone interested in Africa's important place in the Irish public imagination.

Elegy for a Broken Soldier

Author: Chris McQuaid
Publisher: Strategic Book Publishing & Rights Agency
ISBN: 1950015106
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“Nothing in my army training had prepared me for what happened in Jerusalem in February 1965.” In Chris McQuaid’s stunning memoir, Elegy for a Broken Soldier, a traumatic event led to his Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Music became the only respite that provides him solace. Chris was a member of the Irish Army guard of honour for the visit of US President John F. Kennedy to Dublin in June 1963. With the cheers of the crowds lining the presidential route still ringing in his ears, he felt “ten feet tall” as he prepared for his first UN peacekeeping mission to the Congo. On a UN mission to Cyprus in 1965, trauma changed Chris’s life forever, marking the beginning of his PTSD. In Lebanon in 1980, his life was threatened, and the shock effectively ended his military career. Neither event originated on the battlefield, but from within the Irish Army. Despite severe depression and suicidal thoughts, Chris continued his education and returned to the service to become a commissioned officer. He left the army in 1986 with a glowing service record. A long legal wrangle and a succession of psychiatric and psychological assessments have led to even greater health problems, but Chris has survived it all.

Who Killed Hammarskjold

Author: Susan Williams
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0190257636
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One of the outstanding mysteries of the twentieth century, and one with huge political resonance, is the death of Dag Hammarskjold and his UN team in a plane crash in central Africa in 1961. Just minutes after midnight, his aircraft plunged into thick forest in the British colony of Northern Rhodesia (Zambia), abruptly ending his mission to bring peace to the Congo. Across the world, many suspected sabotage, accusing the multi-nationals and the governments of Britain, Belgium, the USA and South Africa of involvement in the disaster. These suspicions have never gone away. British High Commissioner Lord Alport was waiting at the airport when the aircraft crashed nearby. He bizarrely insisted to the airport management that Hammarskjold had flown elsewhere - even though his aircraft was reported overhead. This postponed a search for so long that the wreckage of the plane was not found for fifteen hours. White mercenaries were at the airport that night too, including the South African pilot Jerry Puren, whose bombing of Congolese villages led, in his own words, to 'flaming huts ...destruction and death'. These soldiers of fortune were backed by Sir Roy Welensky, Prime Minister of the Rhodesian Federation, who was ready to stop at nothing to maintain white rule and thought the United Nations was synonymous with the Nazis. The Rhodesian government conducted an official inquiry, which blamed pilot error. But as this book will show, it was a massive cover-up that suppressed and dismissed a mass of crucial evidence, especially that of African eye-witnesses. A subsequent UN inquiry was unable to rule out foul play - but had no access to the evidence to show how and why. Now, for the first time, this story can be told. Who Killed Hammarskjold follows the author on her intriguing and often frightening journey of research to Zambia, South Africa, the USA, Sweden, Norway, Britain, France and Belgium, where she unearthed a mass of new and hitherto secret documentary and photographic evidence. At the heart of this book is Hammarskjold himself - a courageous and complex idealist, who sought to shield the newly-independent nations of the world from the predatory instincts of the Great Powers. It reveals that the conflict in the Congo was driven not so much by internal divisions, as by the Cold War and by the West's determination to keep real power from the hands of the post-colonial governments of Africa. It shows, too, that the British settlers of Rhodesia would maintain white minority rule at all costs.