City (pop., 2005 est.: 1,102,000), Democratic Republic of the Congo. It was established by Belgian colonists in 1910 near the border with Zambia and grew to become the centre of one of the world's largest copper mining and smelting operations. It was the centre of Katanga province's secession movement in the early 1960s.
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In 50 years of Irish peacekeeping operations with the UN, just two soldiers remain posted as 'Missing in Action'. The first is Trooper Pat Mullins from Kilbehenny on the Cork-Limerick border, who was killed on September 14/ 15, 1961, when his patrol was ambushed in the city of Elisabethville in the Congo's breakaway Katanga province.
Aug 28, 2010; Our teen peacekeeper who never came back from the Congo Ralph Riegel remembers Irish UN trooper Pat Mullins, who is still...
Congo and the decline of Britain Britain and the Congo Crisis 1960-63, by Alan James Macmillan, 219pp, 40 in UK
Jul 24, 1996; THIS is a necessary book. Prof James says that the literature on Britain's part in the Congo crisis is almost non existent. His...