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In 1961 during the UN’s first peacekeeping mission, Pat Quilan and his small group of men, without backup, held of over 5,000 ex French Foreign Legion mercenaries until they ran out of ammo and surrendered. Among their return to Ireland, they were treated like outcasts.

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In 1961 during the UN’s first peacekeeping mission, Pat Quilan and his small group of men, without backup, held of over 5,000 ex French Foreign Legion mercenaries until they ran out of ammo and surrendered. Among their return to Ireland, they were treated like outcasts.

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  1. The UN did not award these men. Instead, they were treated like shit. They were disgraced and by their own country. If they hadn’t surrendered they all would have been killed. The UN had only supplied them with plastic blue UN helmets and cheap gear left over from the second world war.

    You can read more about the week long stand off here – https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siege_of_Jadotville

    Edit: I can’t change the title but his name was Patrick Quinlan. Sorry for the error.

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