The Congo: The Black Eagle & Other Birds

It was homecoming week for the hawks of the Congo. On foot and on bicycles, in rickety lorries or astride crimson farm tractors, some 6,000 of Moise Tshombe's former secessionist gendarmes came swarming out of their hideouts in the bush to march triumphantly through East Katanga's capital of Elisabethville. Another 2,000 — still armed and under the command of white mercenary officers — waited in Angola, just on the other side of the Congolese border, for orders from the Congo's new Premier.

During the 13 months of his exile, Tshombe kept in close...

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