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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Declan Power Narrator: Declan Power, Gerard Doyle Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2016 ISBN: 9781504661041
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The Irish soldier has never been a stranger to fighting the enemy with the odds stacked against him. The notion of charging into adversity has been a cherished part of Ireland’s military history. In September 1961, another chapter should have been written into the annals, but it is a tale that lay shrouded in dust for years.

The men of A Company, Thirty-Fifth Irish Infantry Battalion, arrived in the Congo as a United Nations contingent to help keep the peace. For many it would be their first trip outside their native shores. Some of the troops were teenage boys, their army-issue hobnailed boots still unbroken. They had never heard a shot fired in anger. Others were experienced professional soldiers but were still not prepared for the action that was to take place.

Led by Commandant Pat Quinlan, A Company found themselves tasked with protecting the European population at Jadotville, a small mining town in the southern Congolese province of Katanga. It fell to A Company to protect those who would later turn against them. On September 13th, 1961, the bright morning air of Jadotville was shattered by the sound of automatic gunfire.

The men of A Company found their morning mass parade interrupted, and within minutes they went from holding rosaries to rifles as they entered the world of combat. This was to be no Srebrenica; though cut off and surrounded, the men of Jadotville held their ground and fought.

This is their story.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “In telling the full story for the first time, former soldier Declan Power does the brave men of A Company a great service.”

    Irish Times (Dublin)

  • Siege at Jadotville lifts the lid on one of the most controversial episodes in Ireland’s UN service.”

    Sunday World (Dublin)

  • “A fine book, well-written and expertly researched. It offers a clear insight into a period of Irish history endangered of being forgotten.”

    Western People (Ballina, County Mayo, Ireland)

  • “The tale of these brave Irish soldiers’ bravery has been all but wiped from national history in recent decades. Thankfully, Declan Power has written the book that these heroes fully deserve.”

    The Book Chief

  • “Impressively researched, Siege at Jadotville is an extraordinary account that will prove to be a riveting read that is as informed and informative as it is comprehensive and detailed.”

    Midwest Book Review

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About the Author

Declan Power is a former Irish Army soldier, defense analyst, and author. Power originally joined the Army Reserve before serving in a variety of roles in the Defense Forces. He later had a number of appointments in Ireland and abroad, including internal security, peacekeeping, and anti-terrorism duties. He is a graduate of Dublin City University and Trinity College, Dublin. As of 2013, Power was a contributing analyst on security and defense matters to a variety of institutions and media, including the Royal Irish Academy’s Irish Studies in International Affairs. Power’s critically-acclaimed book on the Siege of Jadotville was adapted for film and released in late 2016. He is currently working on his next book, Beyond the Call of Duty.

About the Narrator

Gerard Doyle was born of Irish parents and raised in Hertfordshire, England. In Great Britain he has enjoyed an extensive career in both television and repertory theater and toured nationally and internationally with the English Shakespeare Company. He has appeared in London’s West End in the gritty musical The Hired Man. In America he has appeared on Broadway in The Weir and on television in New York Undercover and Law & Order. A seasoned narrator of audiobooks, he has been awarded eleven AudioFile Earphones Awards and in 2006 won the prestigious Audie Award for his reading of Blackstone’s recording of The Dead Yard by Adrian McKinty. He lives with his wife and two children in Sag Harbor, New York.