The Congo: A Certain Gain

Back to Leopoldville last week flew Mercenary Commander Lieut. Colonel Mike Hoare to declare: "As far as I am concerned, the war in the northeast is over."

Allotted nine weeks to drive the Congolese rebels out of their last major stronghold, Hoare's force needed only three. "We had been misinformed about the strength of our opponent, his preparedness and his willingness to fight," said Mike. As it turned out, the Simbas' will was next to nil. Moreover, local tribes were working against them; in some localities, villagers captured fleeing rebels, delivered them gleefully to the mercenaries. One chieftain sent Hoare...

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