Mercenary Stories: CONGO - The Revolt of THE TERRIBLES

Living Through History

Feb 8 2024 • 9 mins

Mercenaries, fortune soldiers, fighters without a flag—there are different ways to define those who fight for compensation. After the end of the Second World War, the decolonization of Africa increasingly witnesses conflicts, uprisings, and coups. In newly independent Belgian Congo, two men, two mercenaries, Bob Denard and Jacques Schramme, meet to decide whether and how to rebel against the new president of Congo, Mobutu.

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Script: Federico Bettuzzi
Production: Giovanni Zorzi