Battle of the Tunnel
Interviewed for MAOHP - 24/06/2016
Reference Code: IE_MA_MAC_006_MAOHP_001_N
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 powerfully details his memories of the Battle of the Tunnel and outlines the challenges of the operation. He recalls seeing the bodies of Lieutenant Paddy O’Riordan and Private Andy Wickham, who were killed during the operation; 'I have a clear memory of getting to the morgue. Literally a little building, can’t have been more than thirty yards from where Pat Riordon was killed. But I remember at one stage, getting into a firing position at the door of it. When I got to the door, I glanced back and there were the two bodies on the slabs.'