Lessons from Niemba Ambush
Interviewed for MAOHP - 15/02/2017
Reference Code: IE_MA_MAC_006_MAOHP_010_G
Company Sergeant Joe Mallon speaks about the Niemba Ambush (November 1960) and outlines his memories and feelings on the incident. He mentions that he had a diary from this tour. He also notes that Trooper Browne's body was found while he was on tour with the 38th Battalion. Anthony Browne was from Rialto in Dublin. He was one of three soldiers who escaped the initial ambush but was later beaten to death by village men, some distance away. His body was recovered two years later. The nine Irish soldiers who died at Niemba were as follows: Lt. Kevin Gleeson of Carlow, Sgt. Hugh Gaynor of Leixlip, Cpl. Peter Kelly of Templeogue, Cpl. Liam Dougan of Cabra, Pt. Matthew Farrell of Jamestown, Dublin, Tpr. Thomas Fennell of Donnycarney, Tpr. Anthony Browne of Rialto, Pte. Michael McGuinn of Carlow, and Pte. Gerard Killeen of Rathmines. Some 25 Baluba tribesmen were also killed.