Another airlift carried men of the 33rd Irish Infantry Battalion, from Dublin, Aug 17, to join the United Nations force in the Congo Republic.
Another airlift carried men of the 33rd Irish Infantry Battalion, from Dublin, Aug 17, to join the United Nations force in the Congo Republic. There are about 1,450 Irish troops already in the Congo, under the command of Col. H. W. Bryne. About 23 tons of ammunition, including mortar shells have already been flown out ahead of the soldiers.
As with the other two Irish contingents, local firms have supplied the men with such articles as toothpaste, handkerchiefs, writing paper and been free of charge. For most of the troops it will be the first time they have seen service outside their own country.
It is thought the battalion will operate in the Albertville - Baudouinville - Manono area of the breakaway Katanga Province. In this region there has recently been tribal warfare. Several Europeans have been attacked by Africans. A spokesman of the United Nations stated recently that the UN would eventually have a force of 4,000 troops in Katanga.