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Ireland, the United Nations and the Congo: A Military and Diplomatic History, 1960-1 Michael J. Kennedy

Ireland, the United Nations and the Congo: A Military and Diplomatic History, 1960-1

Michael J. Kennedy

Published June 30th 2014
ISBN : 9781846825231
Hardcover
288 pages
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 About the Book 

In 1961 Irish United Nations peacekeepers went into combat in the Congolese province of Katanga. It was the Irish Defence Forces first experience of active service since 1923. Irish diplomat Conor Cruise OBrien headed the UN mission in Katanga.MoreIn 1961 Irish United Nations peacekeepers went into combat in the Congolese province of Katanga. It was the Irish Defence Forces first experience of active service since 1923. Irish diplomat Conor Cruise OBrien headed the UN mission in Katanga. Former chief of staff of the defence forces, Lt-Gen. Se n MacEoin, was in overall command of UN troops in Congo. Irish units suffered casualties and men taken prisoner as the fighting in Katanga continued. The crisis now facing Taoiseach Se n Lemass became the most delicate and dangerous chapter in Irelands foreign relations since 1945. Based on a first-hand account of the fighting by an Irish cavalry officer, previously unseen UN archives and the papers of UN Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold, this book covers eighteen critical months from July 1960 to December 1961, which almost tore the UN apart and which brought the realities of UN membership to Ireland. Military and diplomatic history, this book is an Irish perspective on a defining moment in the history of the United Nations, the Cold War and modern Africa.