born in Istria, in a village near Fiume
the family moved to Italy, first to Nocera
then to Macerata,
where he spent his adolescence and early youth, taking a diploma in
accounting and practicing athletics.
worked two years, until 1961 in Milan,
and then, with excellent pay, for a French import and export company
in Francophone Africa until 1964.
a vacation in South Africa he accompanied "Gino"
the Congo, during the revolt of Simba,
since Tozzi had
to meet with the director Gualtiero
who had already "filmed"
the famous " Africa
was on that occasion that he met the former British officer during
commander of the Fifth
Commando made up
mercenaries of "Anglo-Saxon" origins (South Africans,
Rhodesians, English, Irish, Scottish, New Zealanders, Americans,
three Italians). Mike Hoare had taken the nickname "mad"
when he shot the toes off of one of his soldiers, a promising young
South African footballer, punishing him for raping and murdering a
young Congolese and preventing him from ever playing.
became the fourth Italian of the Fifth
and enlisted as a liason officer with the rank of "Sergeant",
followed by five months of training with Belgian paratroopers of the
as Tullio Moneta had not done his military service in
Thanks to his
knowledge of French and English, his job was to act as an interpreter
for Hoare with General
the upper reaches of the Armée
Nationale Congolaise, which,
supported by the West and the UN, fought the Simba,
who were supported militarily and trained by Communist China, the
Eastern countries and Castro Cubans, and led for a short time by Che
then moved to the area in which the Fifth
ie from Albertville
and through along Lake
Participating in battles and continuous guerrilla warfare against
with the support, the information and the "guide"
of the Congolese people who saw the mercenaries as liberators from
the oppression and massacres by Simba,
Tullio Moneta was gradually promoted on the field, due to his
attitudes and military command, reaching in 1967 the rank of
1966, he participated in the second liberation of Stanleyville
where they rescued white civilians and missionaries.
was also wounded slightly in the arm the first time and a second
time, seriously, in the belly from the explosion of a mine. He was
transported urgently to South Africa, where he was saved.
commanders, as well as Colonel Hoare, were Colonel John
and finally, in 1967, Colonel George
the revolt of the Sixth
and without the support of the Western powers, ended with defeat at
Bukavu and the escape into neighboring Rwanda, the mercenaries of the
not participate in the revolt and were demobilized.
major Tullio Moneta was arrested in Leopoldville and released.
Back in South Africa, he began his career as an actor,
making fifteen films as hero or actor, starring in television and
In 1977, he
participated as a military
Colonel Hoare in the famous film "The
It was then that Tullio Moneta and Mike Hoare reached the
decision to organize the "coup
against the usurper President Albert
who was supported by the Eastern bloc, to put in power the legitimate
pro-Western president in exile James
The secret services of South Africa, the U.S., the government in
exile in the Seychelles, the "Mouvement
pour la Resistance,"
present in the island and in contact with James Mancham, and the
Government of Kenya took part in the project.
On November 25th, 1981 under the command of Mike Hoare,
Deputy Tullio Moneta, with the participation of ex-officers of the
volunteers of the "Recce"
a special body of patriotic South Africans: 44 in all and highly
trained, with AK47
their travel bags. They arrived at the airport of Mahé
the Seychelles as a group of “rugby
a tourist holiday in the island and the mission should have been
completed without any victims as the military of the Seychelles,
together with Tanzanian soldiers and North Koreans, were not a
At the customs,
however, a AK47
was discovered in
the double bottom of a “rugby”
police service reacted, and killed a young man in the "Recce",
a son of a wealthy family in South Africa. A firefight began, and
there was causalities at the Seychelles. However, the coup leaders
captured an Air
707 that had landed to refuel and flew to South Africa, where they
were arrested and tried.
Hoare, Tullio Moneta and a few others were sentenced to several years
in prison, and after a short time, released.
Moneta, in addition to being busy in show business and travelling the
world, was commissioned to carry weapons and humanitarian aid to
this occasion, the former Marò
who died after fighting heroically, and hugging the Commander “Taffy”
who left Biafra for last.
1986, he met in the Congo, on the border with Sudan, Colonel John
leader of the Sudan
People's Liberation Army
in order to deliver him 1000 AK47
weapons on behalf of those who wanted to help the people to conquer
the South Sudanese 'independence from Sudan.
also carried out "Services"
for the West including dangerous driving intelligence operations in
some African countries, in Europe, in the Balkans, Iraq and
Afghanistan, until the age of sixty years.
Hoare wrote of him in his book "The
remember him as an outstanding soldier and a great leader of men
And as a tribute in prison he made a model for him of the schooner
with whom he had sailed for three years in the Mediterranean, Hoare
wrote the following dedication: "This
was done with affection and I would like to introduce it to you with
that feeling that marks our friendship, for your steadfast courage
and your strength in these unjust and abominable conditions.
Mockler, The new mercenaries, Sidgwick & Jackson,
gli italiani in Congo 1960,
Ugo Mursia Editore 2009,
London 1986 – Paladin Press, Colorado 2008, pp196
Stiff, Warfare by other Means
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Giorgio Rapanelli –
Ippolito Edmondo Ferrario. Mercenario
– Dal Congo alle Seychelles – La vera storia di
“Chifambausiku” Tullio Moneta. Lo
Scarabeo Editrice Milano – Ritter Edizioni 2013.