• Short Summary

    UNITED NATIONS TROOPS TOOK THE KEY COMMUNICATIONS AND MINING CENTRE OF JADOTVILLE ON THURSDAY - ITS CAPTURE WAS THOUGHT TO SPELL THE DEFINITE END OF INDEPENDENT KATANGA.

  • Description

    UNITED NATIONS TROOPS TOOK THE KEY COMMUNICATIONS AND MINING CENTRE OF JADOTVILLE ON THURSDAY - ITS CAPTURE WAS THOUGHT TO SPELL THE DEFINITE END OF INDEPENDENT KATANGA.THE UN ALREADY HOLDS ALL THE OTHER SIX LARGE TOWNS EXCEPT KOLWEZI - 150 MILES WEST OF JADOTVILLE - WHERE PRESIDENT TSHOMBE'S ARMY MAY TRY A LAST-DITCH STAND.

    HARDLY A SHOT WAS FIRED DURING THE LAST STAGES OF THE UN OPERATION.INDIAN TROOPS PASSED THE LAST BRIDGE BLOWN UP BY THE RETREATING KATANGANS, CLEARED SNIPERS FROM HOUSES BY THE ROAD AND ENTERED THE TOWN.BRIGADIER-GENERAL NORONHA, COMMANDER OF THE INDIAN TROOPS, VIRTUALLY "TALKED HIS WAY" INTO THE TOWN AND PERSUADED THE KATANGAN FORCES TO LAY DOWN THEIR ARMS QUIETLY.

    THE ONLY TWO CIVILIAN CASUALTIES WERE TWO BELGIAN WOMEN SHOT DEAD WHEN THEIR CAR ACCELERATED PAST AN INDIAN POST DESPITE SIGNALS TO STOP.A MAN DRIVING THE CAR HAD A BULLET WOUND IN HIS FACE.ONE OF THE WOMEN WAS HIS WIFE.

    WHILE UN MADRAS TROOPS PUSHED AHEAD ACROSS THE LIFURA RIVER AND INTO JADOTVILLE, MEN OF THE RAUPUTANI RIFLES RACED NORTHWARD ALONG THE SHORE OF THE LAC DE RETENUE TO REACH THE MWADINGUSHA HYDROELECTRIC DAM, WHICH SUPPLIES THE UNION MINIERE PLANT AT JADOTVILLE.

    A REPORT REACHING SALISBURY SAID THE SLUICE GATES HAD BEEN OPENED AND THE WATER WAS FALLING RAPIDLY -- PRESUMABLY A PRECAUTION TO PREVENT SERIOUS FLOODS IF THE DAM WALL WERE BLOWN UP.

    A UN SPOKESMAN IN NEW YORK DENIED YESTERDAY (FRIDAY) THAT THERE HAD BEEN ANY "GENERALS' REVOLT", OR ANY SUGGESTION OF IT, INVOLVED IN RECENT EVENTS IN KATANGA, ESPECIALLY IN THE ADVANCE AND CAPTURE OF JADOTVILLE.

    THE SPOKESMAN INSISTED THE ROOT OF THE TROUBLE WAS "A VERY HUMAN BREAKDOWN OF COMMUNICATIONS" BETWEEN THE NEW YORK HEADQUARTERS AND THE UNITED NATIONS OFFICE IN LEOPOLDVILLE, WITH THE RESULT THAT THE SECRETARY-GENERAL'S INSTRUCTIONS WERE NOT CONVEYED TO THE FORCE COMMANDERS ON THE SPOT.

    TODAY (SATURDAY) KATANGESE FORCES WERE REPORTED TO HAVE BLOWN UP TWO BRIDGES TO BLOCK THE WAY TO KOLWEZI, THE LAST BIG BASE STILL IN THEIR HANDS.THE TWO BRIDGES WERE AT GUPA, ABOUT 30 MILES WEST OF JADOTVILLE, AND AT MULINGWISHI, FARTHER UP THE ROAD TOWARDS KOLWEZI.PRESIDENT TSHOMBE AND MOST OF HIS CABINET ARE REPORTED TO BE IN KOLWEZI.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5H25K62DGNIJGIO46MVSIKCKB
    Media URN:
    VLVA5H25K62DGNIJGIO46MVSIKCKB
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/01/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:13:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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