For those who prefer pixels to ink, there is an ebook version of Katanga 1960-63: Mercenaries, Spies, and the African Nation that Waged War on the World [or amazon.com].
Here’s a taste from the introduction to whet your appetite:
“When the Congo fell apart in a pandemic of army mutinies and gang rape a week after going solo, Europeans blamed the unwieldy size of the new nation and its warring tribes. The July secession of Katanga, a rich mining province in the south, seemed proof the Congo was too big to function as a country. Africans had a simpler explanation. They accused Belgium of masterminding the break-up to protect its investments. The term “neo-colonialism”, a continuation of empire through intrigue and espionage, was born.
Also in the mix were Soviet technicians at the controls of Ilyushin Il-14 transport planes, CIA agents hiding behind dark glasses, United Nations peacekeepers from a hundred countries, and air-conditioned Swiss bank vaults that swallowed up diamonds and francs, no questions asked.
And one thing more dangerous than the rest put together. Mercenaries with guns.”
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