Last night I had the privilege of attending a special screening of the latest Netflix Original, The Siege of Jadotville, which tells the untold true story of 150 Irish troops who came under siege in the Congo in 1961.
Jamie Dornan plays the role of Commandant Pat Quinlan, who along with his men fought tirelessly for six days, against attack from at least 3000 Congolese troops led by French and Belgian mercenaries, with no Irish fatalaties. Following their surrender, these unsung heroes were held hostage for almost a month.
‘A’ Company, the 35th Battallion defeated a massive enemy force at Jadotville, however they were not to be acknowledged by the Irish Defense Forces, instead they were known as’Jadotville Jacks’, cowards in the Irish Army.
It is shocking to think it has taken 55 years to recognise the bravery and courage shown by these men. It was extremely humbling to watch a such an enormous part of their history unfold on screen last night and then to have the opportunity to give them some, albeit small, acknowledgement as they were invited to the front of the theatre. I sincerely hope this film will see a broader appreciation for the heroics of these amazing gentlemen.
The Siege of Jadotville is in cinemas now and will be available on Netflix from October 7th.
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