Accession Number : ADA194494

Title :   Analysis of the United States Airlift to Zaire, May-June 1978.

Descriptive Note : Student rept.,

Corporate Author : AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLL MAXWELL AFB AL

Personal Author(s) : Sevier, Michael L

PDF Url : ADA194494

Report Date : Apr 1988

Pagination or Media Count : 51

Abstract : The Shaba Province of Southeast Zaire has been the scene of many insurgent activities during the late 1960s through the 1970s. In May 1978, the Province once again became the scene of a bloody insurgent invasion which later became known as SHABA II. Thousands of European mining engineers and their families, employed by Zairian mining companies, became prime targets for the insurgent rebels. Responding to foreign requests for U.S. military intervention, President Carter authorized the USAF to use Military Airlift Command's strategic airlift resources to assist the Belgian, French, and Zairian combined military rescue/counter insurgent operation. This study gives a brief account of Zaire's history leading up to SHABA II and then details and analyzes in depth the USAF airlift operations in support of the rescue/counter insurgent operations known as ZAIRE I and ZAIRE II.

Descriptors :   *AIRLIFT OPERATIONS, *ZAIRE, *COUNTERINSURGENCY, *RESCUES, ENGINEERS, EUROPE, INSURGENCY, INTERVENTION, MINING ENGINEERING, TARGETS, TARGETS, MILITARY ASSISTANCE, AIR FORCE OPERATIONS, MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES)

Subject Categories : Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
      Unconventional Warfare

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE