What was 5 Commando (DRC)?

Introduction 5 Commando was a mercenary unit of the Congolese National Army (Armée Nationale Congolaise, ANC; Democratic Republic of the Congo) formed in response to the Simba rebellion. It was active from 1964 to 1967. Need for Mercenaries In December 1963, a Communist-inspired rebellion broke out in the Congo province of Kwilu. It was initially… Read More

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What is an Irregular Military?

Introduction Irregular military is any non-standard military component that is distinct from a country’s national armed forces. Being defined by exclusion, there is significant variance in what comes under the term. It can refer to the type of military organisation, or to the type of tactics used. An irregular military organisation is one which is… Read More

What is a Condottiero?

Introduction Condottieri (Italian: [kondotˈtjɛːri]; singular condottiero or condottiere) were Italian captains in command of mercenary companies during the Middle Ages and multinational armies during the early modern period. They notably served European monarchs and Popes during the Italian Wars of the Renaissance and the European Wars of Religion. Notable condottieri include Prospero Colonna, Giovanni dalle… Read More

Corporate Mercenaries: Are They a Threat?

Corporate mercenaries are known by a number of names: Private military companies; Private security companies; Military contractors; Mercenaries; and Private military and security companies (PMSC’s). “War is one of the chief causes of poverty. War can completely undermine a country’s development prospects, destroying schools and hospitals and putting agricultural land out of use for years… Read More