The Battle of Jadotville [Counter-Revolutionary Case Studies]

The Battle of Jadotville [Counter-Revolutionary Case Studies]
October 23, 2017 Admin
What can the modern West learn from Jadotville?

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The following is another entry in Michael Gladius‘s ongoing series on Counter-Revolutionary Case Studies. It is very interesting and I highly recommend you check it out!

 

 

The Siege of Jadotville (Ireland’s Alamo)

In 2016, an excellent movie came out on Netflix depicting this battle.

Here is the trailer for it (although I highly recommend watching the whole thing):

 

History

In 1960, the Congo became independent from Belgium. The process was anything but smooth, and internal strife began even before the declaration.

The Congo was of great interest to the UN, NATO, and the Warsaw Pact nations due to its vast mineral wealth and uranium deposits.

A mutiny broke out among the army in July of 1961, when African troops were told that the army would remain the same, and that their expected promotions and pay raises would not be forthcoming. Ethnic violence followed, Belgium sent in paratroopers to rescue whites, and Prime Minister Lumumba asked for assistance from the UN to suppress the revolt. The UN refused, stating that to do so would violate their impartiality and Congo sovereignty.

In response, Lumumba turned to the USSR, who was only too happy to assist with weapons and advisors. This shift towards the Soviet sphere of influence alarmed many, Katanga province in particular.

Katanga, located in the south of the country, was home to many Belgians and mining companies. Fearing that Lumumba would nationalize their mines and become a radical socialist, Katanga rallied behind General Tshombe, who seceded from the Congo, although nobody formally recognized the new nation.

Tshombe declared that the secession was necessary for several reasons: Katanga was ethnically different from the northern provinces, and more closely aligned to neighboring Rhodesia, the move would prevent chaos from spreading, secession would allow the Katangese to keep their wealth, and check Soviet influence. However, the UN insisted that the Congo not be split.

Seige of Jadotville accuracy, battle, relevance for the modern West

The Congo.

Things escalated further when Lumumba was captured and handed over to Tshombe’s men, who summarily executed him. NATO and the Warsaw Pact came dangerously close to war, and the UN desperately needed to bolster its presence in order to prove its relevance as a neutral third party.

The UN increased its peacekeeping forces, and encouraged the Belgians to reduce their own troop presence, while attempting to broker a ceasefire and arrest foreign mercenaries.

These foreign mercenaries were in high demand by all sides of the war, and the UN considered their presence to be destabilizing. Going after them would also enable the UN to demilitarize the region without singling out any countries in particular, but rather focusing on eliminating illegal, non-government, private armies.

UN peacekeeping forces went on the offensive against the mercenaries on September 13th, 1961, after deploying troops to protect civilians.

One such unit was A Company, 35th Battalion, an Irish unit comprised of 155 men under Commander Pat Quinlan. Being untested in battle, they were assigned garrison duty in Jadotville (today called Likasi), a small mining town on the sidelines, away from the action.

Siege at Jadotville battle.

 

Upon arrival, they found the local Belgians hostile, and strongly pro-Katangese. Commander Quinlan ordered trenches to be dug, despite not expecting any attacks (the following illustrations show modern designs, rather than the primitive trenches actually used in the battle).

As the UN advanced against the mercenaries and took control over Elizabethville, Katanga’s capital city, the local mercenaries and mining companies decided to attack Jadotville that same day. Hoping to catch the Irish by surprise, they began forming up for their attack while the Irish were attending Mass. An alert sentry spotted them, however, sounded the alarm, and the Irish repelled the attack from their trenches.

For the next six days, the Irish were cut off from their supply lines. Several attempts by UN forces to break the siege and evacuate the company ended in failure, as well as an attempt to resupply the garrison with water, which saw a helicopter shot down.

The attackers were a mix of Belgian locals, mercenaries hired by mining companies, and African tribesmen. They were well-armed with modern weaponry, including 81mm mortars, a 75 mm French field gun, and a training jet armed with bombs and machine guns. In total, they outnumbered the Irish garrison 20-to-1.

The outnumbered Irish only had small arms, light machine guns, and 60mm mortars, but benefitted from being entrenched, and surrounded by flat, open terrain which offered no cover to their attackers. Furthermore, the Irish marksmanship proved to be vastly superior (see clip from film below).

 

Accurate rifle fire tore apart the assault waves, and Irish counterbattery fire from their mortars knocked out multiple enemy heavy guns. It became so bad for the attackers that the mercenaries were seen shooting tribesmen who ran away, in an attempt to prevent a total collapse of their forces.

After 6 days of fighting, however, the Irish ran out of food, water, and ammunition and were forced to surrender. No Irish soldiers died in the fighting, although 5 were severely wounded. The Irish were taken prisoner, and exchanged for Katangese prisoners a month later.

 

How it’s relevant for us

Jadotville is an excellent template for defending small, rural towns across the Occident in the event of future/potential 4th Generation Warfare/destabilization.

The Islamist-Communist coalitions will increasingly dominate the cities across Western Europe, but native Occidentals still dominate the countryside, and they tend to be more moderate-right. When countries like Sweden eventually collapse at some point in the future, the cities will be unable to survive without controlling the rural areas.

The globalists realize this, and are trying to preempt this by forcing small towns of 200 inhabitants to provide homes for 500+ migrants. Testifying to the gravity of the situation and the potential for eventual violence, we already see examples of native Europeans burning down such migrant centers:

http://newobserveronline.com/the-war-for-germany-daily-attacks-on-invader-centers

http://newobserveronline.com/two-swedish-nationalists-charged-over-invader-center-bombings-received-military-training-in-russia/

 

In Balkanized areas, those towns that can stay homogeneous- or quickly become so when anarchy breaks out- form the skeletal structure of any ‘safe zones’ for friendly forces, and provide launchpads for counter-revolutionary efforts.

For a force attempting to defend such rural areas, an optimal solution would be to fortify a network of small towns within each friendly county/province, as well as any key ground (commanding heights, bridges, fords, mountain passes, etc.), with patrols and lookouts monitoring, interdicting, and projecting force over the area as a whole.

Ideally, these defenses should be able to support one another, keep open resupply/evacuation routes, and offer multiple redundant/backup layers of defense. Establishing landlines between these strongholds is also recommended, as radio jamming and interference are significant threats on the battlefield today. Mobile forces patrolling the gaps need radios/walkie-talkies, static forces do not.

Siege of Jadotville. Tactical image.

Siege of Jadotville accuracy battle tactics.

 

A network of small towns is beneficial for both military and logistical reasons. Militarily, fortifications enable a town or valuable piece of ground to be defended with fewer men, freeing up more forces for offensive operations (reconnaissance, interdiction, ambushes, search-and-destroy, raids, counterblows, Quick-Reaction Forces, etc.).

Having control of multiple buildings within a town, and multiple towns within a region, will greatly assist tactical and operational maneuvers, respectively. In both instances, they provide covered positions from which forces can attack the enemy, and to which those forces can retreat and defend if they are defeated.

However, any buildings a group plans to defend must be bulletproof, offer protections against heavy weapons (i.e., incendiary and explosives), and have several ways to escape (no isolated buildings). Any new additions to such defenses should be concealed.

In defense of a town itself, men who have limited mobility can contribute to the fight in ways that they cannot in open warfare (see clip from Zulu below):

 

Even women and children can help defend a town in a desperate fight, both as fighters and as auxiliaries: reloading rifles for shooters, tending to the wounded, carrying water and supplies, etc. Marksmanship, fieldcraft, and all other fundamentals will come into play, although any fighting within the town itself will resemble trench warfare (such as in Fallujah), rather than maneuver warfare.

For a good illustration of a platoon-sized element performing such a task, read ‘The Defence of Bowler Bridge,’ available for free here: http://regimentalrogue.com/bowler/bowler_bridge.htm

Logistically, towns can function as stockpiles for supplies, in order to reduce the logistical burden carried by mobile formations (unless there is a need for secrecy, in which case buried caches are better). They will also protect any cottage industries that may appear within.

Another consideration is an influx of refugees fleeing violence. In the modern West, should nations such as Sweden eventually destabilize completely (say when they have become 60% Islamic perhaps and that 60% is even battling within itself over Shia-Sunni divisions) then an exodus of native Europeans from the cities would be expected (indeed, we are already seeing many Europeans flee to Hungary/Poland/etc from Western Europe on a more macro level as well).

In that event, such tactical considerations as described above would be critical in ensuring proper defense and consolidation of said areas.

Seige of Jadotville battle. Tactics. Strategy.

Conclusion

The prosperity and peace seen within the modern West for the last 60 years has been a fluke of history totally at odds with all that came before it. The fact that Europe is importing tens of millions of immigrants from societies that have been racked by civil violence and conflict all through those 60 years suggests strongly that the period of peace in the West is ending.

Tragically, this will turn the tactics and considerations like those in Jadotville into real life concerns, rather than just content for entertainment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Comments (16)

  1. Alexander Lund 4 weeks ago

    Hello, I agree with many of your points but you forget one point that nearly every medievil Castle had.
    An unknown tunnel that could be used to leave the Castle and appear behind enemy lines.
    Just look at Waco or Ruby Ridge, or Jadotville.
    Not being able to leave doomed those people.
    And you need a tunnel structure just like the VC had in Vietnam to appear and shoot at the enemy without being seen.

    And the last point: You have to be ruthless. As I wrote in the article about Boer War 2 if you make war according to the rules of Marquiss of Queensberry you loose.
    In a fight it is about your live and survival. There are no silver medals for second place. It is “Two men enter and only one leaves alive.”
    And this means: Are you willing to use even WMD?
    My chemistry teacher told me long ago (he told this our entire class) that in an normal house you can find enough materials to produce enough poison gas to wipe out half the Ruhr valley in Germany.
    I never studied or understood chemistry, so I can not say if this is wishful thinking or the truth, but this guy had a doctorate in chemistry so I think there is a kernel of truth in it.

    • Author
      Admin 4 weeks ago

      They would have had to tunnel deep at Ruby Ridge 🙂 About a half mile or so- although you make a very good point of course.

      Those filthy federal agents sent in a robot to blast music super loud and yell ‘Mrs Weaver what did you have for breakfast this morning?’ and crap like that AFTER she had been killed and her body was lying there… although it was inside and they claimed they didn’t know she died. Not sure if I believe that though… but yeah, Ruby Ridge was definitely a modern day castle siege that is for sure.

      • Alexander Lund 4 weeks ago

        I think it is also a question about “playing chess”.
        You see, in chess you win if you think two moves ahead but your opponent thinks only one move ahead.
        So, yes the best would be a tunnel about a mile long but what about closer things, like first underground structures so that you are safe from gunfire. Then you should have some boulders close to your house (totally forgotten to remove when you build your house…) and below those boulders you have an opening that you can use to fire your rifle from.
        A few years ago you could have left the house at night but that is no longer possible because of infrared and other nightsighting Equipment. But some say that with the right equipment you can beat these things.

        Another point is that you need friends you can rely on.
        In Waco there were a lot of so-called friends of the Weaver Family but they were all hot air and nothing else.
        Just imagine they would have attacked and broken the siege.
        Or in the case of Jadotville: What if the Irish government would have instructed its ambassador in Belgium to express Irish displeasure to the Belgian king by kicking him in the crown jewels?
        Or a raid on a belgian City to take some Counter hostages?

        • Michael Gladius 4 weeks ago

          War is not like chess. Random, unexpected things happen that nobody can predict in advance, so quick improvisation is equally important as long-term planning.

          Digging tunnels is not always feasible, and when things get kinetic, ditches/communication trenches will play a huge role. As for infrared, there are ways to thwart it. It’s the all-seeing eye of Mordor that you have to worry about, but those are generally mounted on aircraft, not handheld. Handheld devices are nowhere near as good. Proper military training will teach countermeasures. (hint hint)

          At Waco, there were friends who ran the blockage and delivered food supplies to the Branch Davidians. If you want to launch an attack, that requires preparation. Attacking without planning will result in killing 1 guy before being cut down by machine gun fire, or having a mortar bomb dropped on your head. Not to mention piecemeal attacks that have no momentum and can be defeated in detail. Hardly an even trade, when you consider the resources the state has at its disposal.

          Did you even read the history? Belgium was no longer in charge of the Congo, and the UN was already moving against Tsombe’s mercenaries on other fronts. You might as well be suggesting that Ireland attack Denmark to punish the Congolese.

          • Alexander Lund 3 weeks ago

            According to the article: ” local Belgians hostile”
            From Wikipedia:
            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/State_of_Katanga
            ” Belgian business interests and over 6,000 Belgian troops. Tshombe was known to be close to the Belgian industrial companies”
            and
            “Belgium did not officially recognise the new state, despite providing it with military assistance. ”
            So Belgium was still involved.
            Putting pressure on the government of Belgium would have helped them. Just imagine that all companies involved in Katanga had been paid a visit by the belgian Version of the Internal Revenue Service with all accounts closed until the examination by the IRS was complete, unless of course these companies would prove beyond doubt to stop supporting Katanga.

    • Michael Gladius 4 weeks ago

      Yes, tunnels would fall under ‘multiple ways to escape.’ Ruby Ride was definitely an ‘isolated building,’ just like the jailhouse at the Battle of Athens. Leave it and you’re at the mercy of the shooters outside.

      Ruthlessness will be necessary to win, but we will handle this the way we handled Japan in 1945. We will not emulate Yugoslavia in the 1990s.

      WMDs? Be careful what you wish for- you may get it. If they use chemical weapons, then we have every right to use them in retaliation, but it’d be a lot easier to bottle them up inside the big cities and starve them out. This may not be possible in the beginning, but in the end we will need to take back the ports and major industrial areas. Who’s to say they won’t call for outside help?

      • Alexander Lund 3 weeks ago

        And how do you intend to keep them inside the cities?
        How long before the food is gone? A week?
        Then they will descend on the surrounding country.

        And if they starve they and their supporters will produce pictures of little children with hunger bellies staring into the camera with big eyes and asking the world to help against the evil ones.
        The longer the fight takes the greater the chance is that they get help.
        And then we jump from the frying pan into the fire. So the fight must be fast and decisivesly.

        • Michael Gladius 3 weeks ago

          In the beginning, it will be near-impossible to lay siege to the cities, and any counter-actions will not have the strength to win a general victory that decides the war. Most wars of attrition started out with both sides seeking a general victory. Do not be like the Athenians, who had boldness (thrasytes) but no courage (andreia): http://www.artofmanliness.com/2016/05/19/courage-vs-boldness-how-to-live-with-spartan-bravery/

          I foresee Islamist-communist mobs spilling out of the cities into the countryside very early on, which is why fortifications and networks will be indispensable. Just like the Israelis in 1948, we’ll be facing much larger enemy forces in the beginning, and there’s no guarantee we’ll expect reinforcements. Also, the cities may not be under total occupation, and footholds may still exist. Alliances will be important, as they can shift.

          This is where solid defense, mobile offense comes into play. Fortified towns, guarded by those who aren’t in prime condition to fight, will enable our mobile forces to go on the attack and travel light, like the Boers did. With modern weapons (hopefully with some heavy guns seized from the local armories), we can hit them harder than the Boers ever could. Lightweight, automatic weapons will be our go-to guns, and mortars would be excellent. Hopefully, we won’t have to fight the nation-state’s might, as they will have tanks and air power to assert conventional influence. Another reason to ensure that the majority of the nation-state’s manpower are friendly to our cause. Network with veterans, police, and military, and join the reserves yourself, if physically able.

          If they come at us in force, we have plenty of targets to hit, so long as we stay mobile. Remember the minuet: one advances, equal to the other’s retreat, maintaining a distance of approximately 800 yards. Daily harassment by sharpshooters and mortar strikes will cause plenty of casualties, and demoralize the survivors after a few weeks of incessant losses. No respite. This is classic guerrilla warfare; the way of the weaker army. If they are materially weakened, or simply demoralized, they’ll resort to raiding and seek shelter wherever they can. At this point, our ability to annihilate raiding parties (hunting them into extinction) will determine whether we win or not. Never underestimate the potential of a well-executed ambush. If attacking in force is too bloody, and nobody from the raiding parties ever comes back, they’ll be trapped and afraid. From our liberated zones, we can build our strength and eventually lay siege to the cities proper. If they try to swarm us before we can close the trap, we can draw them into the open and destroy them in a series of battles. But tactical skill and proper military training is necessary for this to be executed properly.

          Their Euro-traitor supporters will conjure images of starving children, but that’s why we cut off their electrical supply from the outside, either by flipping a switch or sabotage. No refrigeration, no television, no electronic benefits. Our own economy will need to be decentralized, so as to not be vulnerable to knockout blows.

  2. YesPasaran 4 weeks ago

    Coincidentally, I just saw this film for the first time a few days ago.

    The main thing I took away from it is that when things finally kick off, not only will we have to deal with non-white militias & hostile government forces, but in any sustained conflict we will have to deal with foreign “peacekeeping” forces that are anything but neutral.

    • Michael Gladius 3 weeks ago

      Very much so. External intervention is a real threat, and should be planned for. Obviously, the risk will differ from country to country. Ireland is not in the same position as Italy or Greece.

    • Author
      Admin 3 weeks ago

      “Trudeau gave a press conference today explaining the need for the Somali peacekeeping force in order to tamp down the situation in Cranbrook after Neo-Nazi members of the local Conservative Party expressed opposition to the new 2.3 billion dollar refugee processing center and engaged in hate crimes such as mean facebook posting and non-inclusive facial expressions”.

  3. Unknown 4 weeks ago

    It is indeed the plan of evil to put muslim invaders everywhere so that no community remains free, no organization remains free. Also, muslims tend to go where they are close to money and power – but indigenous do the same. So far, i do not see much of a territorial battlefront (except east vs. west) but something else, maybe like a battle embedded in society, in every personal encounter.

  4. SteveRogers42 3 weeks ago

    “One-shot Paddy” indeed! (What kind of dillweed wears a white suit into a firefight, and stands up the whole time to get a better look?)

    If it didn’t refer to another war in another time and place, the soundtrack for this could feature “Come Out Ya Black and Tans — Come Out and Fight Me Like a Man”.

    OK, I’ll see myself out. I’m not as think as you drunk I am.

    • Michael Gladius 3 weeks ago

      Haha, he’s one of the mining company CEOs, with only a couple of lines in the entire movie. After the (expensive) mercenaries failed to accomplish anything, he wanted to watch and see if they were actually putting in the effort. :/

      He’s a good representative for the globalists we may be facing. The nation-state, the merchant class, and plenty of NGOs are in his position. Even if they don’t lead the enemy in combat, they pay their wages.

      Or just imagine he’s George Soros!

      • Author
        Admin 3 weeks ago

        Indeed.

        “Your hesitancy grows wearisome, Chancellor Merkel. Send the mercenaries in. Shut it down!”

    • Author
      Admin 3 weeks ago

      Speaking of music, I am definitely going to try to work that ‘Against the Wall’ song into my youtube channel – absolutely perfect 🙂

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