By Tim Kelleher – 1851 Staff
The Siege of Jadotville is an underdog story. This Netflix Original movie is based on a true story that took place in September of 1961 in the Katanga Province of the Democratic-Republic of the Congo. I’ll start with summarizing the actual events. In real life, there was a large mercenary group that was working for the seceded State of Katanga. The state of Katanga seceded from the DR Congo in 1960 and had become fairly aggressive around its surrounding states. The United Nations had decided to send in Swedish, Indian and most notably, Irish forces to keep the region stable but not to get involved by any means necessary, engaging only if absolutely needed. The Irish troops are the featured ones in this movie.