• Short Summary

    FOUR COFFINS CONTAINING THE BODIES OF UNITED NATIONS SOLDIERS WHO DIED AFTER RECENT FIGHTING IN ELISABETHVILLE WITH PRESIDENT TSHOMBE'S KATANGESE FORCES, WERE FLOWN HOME FOR BURIAL ON DECEMBER 15.

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    FOUR COFFINS CONTAINING THE BODIES OF UNITED NATIONS SOLDIERS WHO DIED AFTER RECENT FIGHTING IN ELISABETHVILLE WITH PRESIDENT TSHOMBE'S KATANGESE FORCES, WERE FLOWN HOME FOR BURIAL ON DECEMBER 15.

    THE SOLDIERS, TWO INDIANS, A SWEDE AND AN IRISHMAN, WERE BROUGHT TO THE INDIAN HOSPITAL IN LEOPOLDVILLE FROM ELISABETHVILLE SUFFERING FORM SEVERE WOUNDS. THEY LATER DIED. THE CASKETS WERE LOADED ONTO WHITE UNITED NATIONS TRUCKS AND, LED BY MILITARY POLICE JEEPS, WERE BROUGHT TO THE AIRPORT.

    INDIAN, ROMAN CATHOLIC AND PROTESTANT PRIESTS SAID PRAYERS FOR THE MEN, IN A SIMPLE CEREMONY, THEN FLOWERS WERE LAID ON THE LID OF EACH COFFIN. AS THE CASKETS OF THE SWEDE AND THE IRISHMAN WERE PLACED ABOARD A CANADIAN AIR FORCE PLANE, TRUMPETERS SOUNDED A FINAL SALUTE.

    ON DECEMBER 16, SIX THOUSAND U.N. TROOPS ENGAGED IN THE BITTER STRUGGLE IN ELISABETHVILLE, CONTROLLED MOST OF THE KEY POINTS IN THE CITY. U.N. TROOPS WERE REPORTED TO BE IN CHARGE OF THE POST OFFICE, AND WERE FIGHTING AROUND THE PRESIDENT'S PALACE. PRESIDENT TSHOMBE IS SAID TO HAVE LEFT ELISABETHVILLE FOR KIPUSHI, A MINING TOWN ON THE NORTHERN RHODESIAN BORDER.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADB7NOC02TP9SKHRAAZAGW3HWD
    Media URN:
    VLVADB7NOC02TP9SKHRAAZAGW3HWD
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/12/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:56:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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