Battle of the Tunnel (Receiving orders)
Interviewed for MAOHP - 24/06/2016
Reference Code: IE_MA_MAC_006_MAOHP_001_M
Location(s): Elizabethville Katanga Congo
In this piece of audio taken from an interview on 24th June 2016, you will hear retired Colonel Peter Feely, a veteran of the Congo and one of three Platoon Commanders at the Battle of the Tunnel (December 1961). Colonel Feely was one of 14 men from 'A' Company of 36th Battalion, who received a DSM (Distinguished Service Medal). Here, Colonel Feely outlines his memories of the Battle of the Tunnel. He remembers his Company Commander Joe Fitzpatrick, Kevin Page, (Second in Command) and Harry Crowley, (Staff Officer) who told him 'we have a job on in the morning'. Peter states that the initial commands were not to attack the tunnel and claims that it was not in fact necessary to do so. He states that the orders were initially to take the road leading to the tunnel and 'to be prepared to take the tunnel'. However, he then states that the Irish Battalion HQ then made the decision to take the tunnel.