POTD: Major Erik Bonde during the Congo Crisis

    TFB’s Photo Of The Day – today we go back in time to between 1960 and 1965 and the Congo Crisis.

    The picture is probably taken in 1961.

    Soon after the Republic of the Congo (today the Democratic Republic of the Congo) became independent from Belgium, the crisis began which turned the country into a state of civil war.

    There was an intervention by the United Nations, but still, about 100,000 people were killed during the crisis.

    Major Erik Bonde was one of the soldiers in the Swedish United Nations mission, and the person that can be seen in these pictures.

    As you can see in the top picture, there seem to be two bullet holes in Major Bone’s chest and arm. According to RareHistoricalPhotos.com, Mr. Bonde was probably shot by Baluba warriors.

    A quote from Wikipedia (Source) shines some more light about the possible level of armament of the enemy: “Luba had no guns, their weapons were bows and arrows; guns they did not know. The guns we have with us, they asked us, “Are they pestles?” The conquest of the Luba people was swift”

    The enemy was probably using old muzzle loading rifles or muskets to shoot Mr. Bonde.

    As you can see Major Bonde is using the Swedish Carl Gustaf M/45 sub-machine gun in 9×19 mm.

    Major Erik Bonde was lightly wounded in the ambush. After given first aid he returned to the fight against the invisible enemy in the jungle bush.

    Source: RareHistoricalPhotos.com

    Picture source: RareHistoricalPhotos.com

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