Operation Rumpunch (1961)
Interviewed for MAOHP - 13/10/2016
Reference Code: IE_MA_MAC_006_MAOHP_008_I
In this piece of audio, Corporal Seamus McDermott speaks about 'Operation Rumpunch' on 28th August 1961, a surprise operation aimed at capturing foreign mercenaries. He recalls the preparations for this operation and outlines the purpose of the UN force in Congo. He outlines the change from peacekeeping to peace enforcement and the objective of arresting mercenaries. Seamus recalls vividly the operation which commenced in the middle of the night.