First Battle of the Tunnel
Interviewed for MAOHP - 13/10/2016
Reference Code: IE_MA_MAC_006_MAOHP_008_O
Here, Corporal Seamus McDermott outlines the significance of the Tunnel which separated the airport at Elizabethville from the town. He suggests that the first 'Battle of the Tunnel' was led by the 35th Battalion when they defended the tunnel from gendarmerie who wanted to take it over. A major battle occurred at the Tunnel in December 1961 when A Company of the 36th Battalion recovered the Tunnel from gendarmerie who had taken it over.