r/todayilearned Jun 28 '22

TIL That the term 'Jadotville Jack' was used to describe members of A Company 35th Batallion Irish Army. The term was in reference to the unit's forced surrender after a siege from a numerically superior mercenary force and the Irish government/UN's refusal to decorate any survivors of the battle.



u/kydogification Jun 28 '22 Silver

The siege of jadotville is a fantastic movie that tells thr story in depth i highly recommend it.


u/Neraph Jun 28 '22

Same, came here to make sure the comment was made.


u/QiyanasStoriesYT Jun 28 '22

Will watch it, thx:)


u/rddman Jun 28 '22

"numerically superior" is an understatement; the Irish were outnumbered at least 1 to 20. They held out for several days and surrendered only when they had ran out of ammunition.

After decades of campaigning by one of the soldiers, the Company was cleared of wrongdoing, has been honoured and several commemorative symbols have been erected.


u/hoseking Jun 28 '22

Plus they had much older and more limited weaponry than the attacking forces.


u/Dependent-Sea-4185 Jun 28 '22 Wholesome

At Jadotville, the Irish, with a small unit under very competent leadership, resisted a much larger, battle-hardened force and showed their ability and professionalism in Ireland's first ever peacekeeping mission.


u/Jingleheimer_smyth Jun 28 '22

They were treated horribly when they got back to Ireland


u/MaverickDago Jun 28 '22

They got treated poorly on their return because the public view was they were beaten by poorly armed and untrained rebels, truth was they went up against pretty battled hardened separatists backed by European mercenaries. Guys that had fought in Algeria, and a TON of South African mercenaries. Guys who had a ton more combat experience and training vs the Irish. One of the leaders of the mercs was one of Frances most decorated soldiers, in a time when France was fighting all across the world. The Katanga forces even held off a relief force trying to help the guys at Jadotville. The Irish took ZERO deaths during the course of several battles, and due to be unable to resupply, surrendered when they ran out of ammunition.


u/sonofabutch Jun 28 '22

Expecting to take the men off guard, the first attackers moved in rapidly but were spotted by an Irish sentry. A warning shot by Private Billy Ready alerted the company to the threat (Ready was wounded in a later exchange of fire).

You can’t surprise a sentry named Ready!


u/PN_Guin Jun 28 '22

The guy was born ready


u/dontknowhowtoprogram Jun 28 '22

alive and ready.


u/Nuffsaid98 Jun 30 '22

It's pronounced so that it rhymes with needy and speedy. FYI.


u/stevemachiner Jul 01 '22

Came here to say that :)


u/PizzaSandwich2020 Jun 28 '22

Their treatment on their return was disgraceful. Watch Siege of Jadotville, brilliant brilliant movie.


u/pembquist Jun 28 '22

There's a movie.


u/Realistic_Truck Jun 28 '22

They were expected to die in battle and were considered cowards when they got home.


u/pure_bred_browndog Jun 28 '22

Does anyone know if there’s a movie about this?


u/BillyBrimstoned Jun 28 '22

Jadotville on Netflix.


u/pure_bred_browndog Jun 28 '22

Yeah, but is there a movie?


u/BillyBrimstoned Jun 28 '22

Jadotville on Netflix.


u/ClaritinRabbit Jun 28 '22

But is there a movie?


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