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Immediately, the co-pilot, Captain Robert Kitchen, reached down to the panel by his right armrest and flipped the paratrooper jump lights from red to green. Dragon Rouge, the most ambitious peacetime military operation ever performed by the government of the United States up to that time, was on.
Within weeks of the withdrawal of the UN force in the summer offighting again broke out in the Congo. The rebels soon captured large sections of the northern half of the country, leading foreign governments, including those of the United States and Belgium, to urge their citizens to flee the threatened areas.
To combat the rebellion, Congolese President Moise Tshombe recruited a fiery South African soldier, Major Michael Hoare, and gave him authority to raise a mercenary army of white Africans to assist the black Congolese army.
Hoare would become a legend in the world of the professional soldier; during World War II he had fought in Burma with Brig. Orde Wingate, then became a professional soldier after that conflict. Tshombe also turned to the United States for assistance. Lessons from World War II, Korea and the French Indochina War indicated that air support and air transportation were crucial for combating a large rebel force. A platoon of paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division provided protection for the Cs while they were on the ground at remote African airstrips.
Another aspect of U. In August, the Simbas captured the city of Stanleyville with its large concentration of Europeans and Americans.
For a time the whites were treated relatively well. But later, with additional American-supplied firepower and airlift support, the Congolese army made steady gains against the rebel forces.
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As the Simbas saw the tide begin to turn against them, their radio station in Stanleyville began denouncing the United States, accusing it of sending combat troops to aid the government forces. Rebel hostility caused fear for the safety of whites in rebel-held territory, especially after news of atrocities performed by the revels against their own people reached the outside world.
Then, evidently realizing that the whites in their territory could serve as bargaining chips, the rebels began taking hostages. On September 5, U. Other whites were seized. Some were thrown into the prison with the Americans, while others were held in the Victoria Hotel. Over the next two months, the Simbas arrested foreigners from as many as 20 countries, placing them under custody in hotels, prisons and military bases.
The rebels began making threats that the hostages would be killed if the United States did not withdraw its support for the Congolese government. In late October the rebels accused an American medical missionary, Dr.
Paul Carlson, of being a U. Army major on assignment for the CIA. Carlson, with the Protestant Relief Agency, was a medical doctor who first went to the Congo on a special six-month mission, then returned in with his family.
Less than a year later, after having sent his wife and four children to safety in the Central African Republic, Carlson was seized by the Simbas because 1 he owned a radio, 2 he was an American and 3 the rebels wanted hostages.
Over the next few weeks, Dr. With the fate of the white hostages in doubt, the United States and Belgium tried to negotiate with the rebels. At the same time, they began planning various means of military intervention, even as the Congolese government forces launched a major offensive toward Stanleyville. Several possible schemes were put forth, including a large paratrooper assault by members of the 82nd Airborne Division, supported by heavy tactical air strikes.
While military forces in the united States worked on the larger plan, the U. On November 15, Brig. Forman, commander of the nd Air Division, was given word to begin preparations to airlift a force of Belgium paratroopers to the Congo for a possible rescue attempt.
During those years, however, the nd had undergone some changes. Permanently assigned Cs had been replaced by temporary duty aircraft and crews from Tactical Air Command units in the United States.
Dragon Rouge, as the Americans would come to know the mission, would involve a plane airlift of Belgian paratroopers to Africa. Since the E-model of the Hercules featured special long-range fuel tanks, Rote Alpha would provide the planes and crews. Wheels were set in motion for the mission. Before Dragon Rouge could be launched, the aircraft and crews had to be recalled from their normal missions throughout Europe. Like the C crews, Strobaugh had been called back to Evreux from duties elsewhere in Europe.
Other than certain key officers, no one aboard the airplanes knew where they were going until after they were airborne with no problems requiring them to turn back. At Klinebrogel, elements of the Belgian 1st Para-Commando Regiment, including the 1st Para-Commando Battalion, a company from the 2nd Battalion and a detachment from the 3rd, were loaded aboard the Cs, along with their equipment.
The first airplane arrived at Ascension at Z on November At Ascension, Captain Strobaugh instructed the Belgians on the use of the PRC and PRC radio sets he had brought for Evreux for communication between the men on the ground and the planes overhead.
He also instructed 21 Belgian jumpmasters on C jump techniques-few of the Belgian paras had ever jumped from the Hercules-then supervised as they trained the remainder of the force.
On November 20, a special briefing of the various commanders was held to determine exactly how the assault was to be performed. Once it was firmed, Captain Strobaugh transmitted the plan to Washington. At Z, the force was put on alert; 30 minutes later, the launch order came over the teletype.
At daybreak, the first Hercules arrived at Kamina after a nine-hour flight across part of the Atlantic and halfway across Africa.
The field was obscured by fog, but English-speaking air traffic controllers directed each plane to the airport in turn. Dragon Rouge was on, with takeoff scheduled for Z, so as to arrive over the Stanleyville airport at dawn. Secord left the formation and went back to Kamina for a spare airplane.
The rest of the Dragon Rouge formation proceeded northbound at high altitude, following the Congo River, descending to treetop altitudes as the planes neared revel territory.
Nearing Stanleyville, lead navigator John Coble led the formation south of the city, still at low altitude, so as to approach from the west. As the formation reached the one-minute warning point, two Bs made a low pass over the airport. Laurent and of his men jumped over Stanleyville airport exactly at dawn.
The jump plane crews were briefed to expect only small-arms fire over the airport. Instead, they were greeted by tracers from Chinese-made In spite of the unexpected fire, the American pilots held their course as they dropped their troopers right on the narrow drop zone beside the runway, then came back around for another pass to allow the 20 jumpmasters to exit, along with the bundles of extra equipment.
Only the first five airplanes in the formation dropped at that time: Once on the ground, the Para-Commandos began rushing to secure the field so rescue force aircraft could land.
Within 30 minutes the Belgians managed to eliminate all resistance at the airport and within 10 minutes had cleared away about water-filled gallon drums and 11 wheel-less vehicles that had been placed on the runway as obstacles.
Dragon One remained overhead, serving as a command ship for Colonel Gradwell.
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Each crew offloaded their troopers and then took off again for Leopoldville; no more than three airplanes were to be on the ground at one time. Nunnally, were told to remain on the ground to bring out the first hostages when they were brought out of town.
Dragon One continued orbiting over the airport at 2, feet. Navigator Coble was uncomfortable about being so low over a combat zone; he had served four temporary duty tours in South Vietnam flying Cs. Seven rounds hit the Hercules, knocking out hydraulics and leaving two large holes in the wing fuel tanks. Once the airport was secure, the Belgian rescue force headed for downtown Stanleyville, where the hostages were known to be held.
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With Flawless Pendants, you can create Artifact weapons. Though these weapons are not game-breaking, they make the game a lot more fun for players. There are a number of different quests that players can take part in to obtain an Artifact Weapon for themselves. Can you give us a description of the new areas, and which one is your favorite? The new areas in the expansion are flat-out amazing.
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