In September 1961 a company of Irish troops under siege at the isolated post of Jadotville, Congo was forced to surrender to authorities in the secessionist province of Katanga.

This documentary looks at the circumstances leading up to the incident: the confusion surrounding the role of the UN force and the failure to learn the lessons of the incident.

At the heart of the documentary, officers and men who served in the Congo recount the events of 1961 and the programme asks why authorities in Ireland and the UN remain reluctant to comment on the true nature of what happened at Jadotville.

Presented and produced by Tom McGuire.

First broadcast RTÉ Radio 1, January 21st 2004.

An Irish radio documentary from RTÉ Radio 1, Ireland - Documentary on One - the home of Irish radio documentaries