Niemba Ambush, Congo 1960: Nine Irish Peacekeepers lost their lives

 

#OnThisDay 1960 An Irish UN Peacekeeping unit were ambushed at Niemba by Luba militia. The militiamen had mistaken the Irish for European Pro-Katanga mercenaries and not Peacekeepers. 9 Irishmen were killed, 7 from Dublin & 2 from Carlow. 19 y/o Trooper Browne was posthumously awarded the Military Medal for Gallantry, Ireland’s highest award. #Ireland #History @UN

 

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