Accession Number : ADA635651


Title :   Shaba II: The French and Belgian Intervention in Zaire in 1978


Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLLEGE FORT LEAVENWORTH KS COMBAT STUDIES INST


Personal Author(s) : Odom, Thomas P


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a635651.pdf


Report Date : Apr 1993


Pagination or Media Count : 147


Abstract : Lieutenant Colonel Thomas P. Odom's study, Shaba II: The French and Belgian Intervention in Zaire in 1978, presents a historical analysis of the 1978 invasion of Shaba province by the exiled Katangan Gendarmerie. Included in this study is the Western reaction to the invasion, from the Zairian Army's initial response, which set off the massacre of expatriate mine workers, to the airborne landings of French and Belgian forces. The French responded by sending the Foreign Legion into Shaba to restore order in the province. Belgium, on the other hand, sent its Paracommando Regiment on the humanitarian mission of rescuing the hostages. Both countries developed independent plans for their missions, plans that were not coordinated until the two European forces were accidentally shooting at one another. The 1978 operations in Shaba should not be dismissed as something unusual or unlikely to reoccur, nor should they be discounted as European operations of little interest to U.S. planners. Since these Shaba II operations, the United States has been committed to similar operations in Lebanon, Grenada, Sudan, Somalia, Liberia, Panama, and the Persian Gulf. Without doubt, U.S. forces will continue to be involved in such operations, making Shaba I worthy of study by U.S. Army officers.


Descriptors :   *MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN) , *MILITARY HISTORY , *MILITARY OPERATIONS , BELGIUM , EVACUATION , FRANCE , INTERVENTION , ZAIRE


Subject Categories : Humanities and History
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE