• Short Summary

    IN THE FOUR YEARS SINCE THE CONGOLESE REPUBLIC BECAME INDEPENDENT, THE AUTHORITY OF THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT IN LEOPOLDVILLE HAS RESTED, IN MANY WAYS, ON THE CONGOLESE NATIONAL ARMY.

  • Description

    IN THE FOUR YEARS SINCE THE CONGOLESE REPUBLIC BECAME INDEPENDENT, THE AUTHORITY OF THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT IN LEOPOLDVILLE HAS RESTED, IN MANY WAYS, ON THE CONGOLESE NATIONAL ARMY. CONTINUING CIVIL STRIFE AND SECESSION HAVE MADE THE TASK OF UNIFYING THE CONGO EXTREMELY DIFFICULT AND WHEN FORCE HAS BEEN NECESSARY, THE CONGOLESE ARMY HAS NOT BEEN ENTIRELY SUCCESSFUL IN IMPOSING THE WILL OF THE LEOPOLDVILLE GOVERNMENT.

    NEVERTHELESS, GREAT EFFORTS HAVE BEEN MADE DURING THE PAST TWO YEARS TO IMPROVE THE EFFICIENCY OF THE CONGOLESE ARMY IN ALL RANKS, AND TODAY THE MOST EFFICIENT UNIT IN THE CONGOLESE ARMY IS THE PARA-COMMANDO.

    IN LEOPOLDVILLE LAST WEEK (OCTOBER 2) THE PARA-COMMANDOS GAVE A DEMONSTRATION OF THEIR SKILL FOR SENIOR OFFICERS OF THE CONGOLESE ARMY AND MEMBERS OF THE DIPLOMATIC CORPS.

    THE PARA-COMMANDO WAS FORMED FROM A NUCLEUS OF CONGOLESE SOLDIERS TRAINED IN ISRAEL IN AIRBORNE WARFARE. NOT ONLY ARE THEY ADEPT IN PARACHUTE TECHNIQUES, BUT AMPHIBIOUS ASSAULT, DEMOLITION AND UNARMED COMBAT.

    THE DEMONSTRATION WAS HELD IN TWO PHASES - THE FIRST, A MOCK ASSAULT ON AN "ENEMY" POSITION USING AUTOMATIC WEAPONS, BAZOOKAS AND MORTARS THE SECOND, A DEMONSTRATION OF UNARMED COMBAT.

    ONE OF THE BEST EQUIPPED UNITS IN THE CONGOLESE ARMY, THE PARA-COMMANDOS HAVE BEEN USED IN ATTACKS SUCCESSFULLY AGAINST THE JEUNESSE REBELS, WHO HAVE SET UP A GOVERNMENT IN STANLEYVILLE.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA5P67DXLP4YILOBLO5W7DZO3PQ
    Media URN:
    VLVA5P67DXLP4YILOBLO5W7DZO3PQ
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/10/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:39:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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