Operation BANNER

The British Army in Northern Ireland 1969 - 2007

Nicholas van der Bijl

Date Published :
August 2017
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Illustration :
16pp B & W plates
Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781473898950
Pages : 288
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
Stock Status : Out of stock


The book opens by setting the historic backdrop to The Troubles.

In summer 1969 the annual Loyalist marching season sparked violence in Londonderry which spread rapidly. After three days of violence the British Government deployed troops in support of the Royal Ulster Constabulary. Initially the Catholic community welcomed the Army's presence but this was to change over the years.

The first soldier was killed in 1971 and a further 48 died that year. January 30 1972 Bloody Sunday galvanized IRA recruitment and the British Embassy was burnt in Dublin. The Official IRA bombed Aldershot HQ of the Parachute Regiment and in August 1972 the Army launched Op MOTORMAN to clear No Go areas. Internment followed and the Province was firmly in the grip of sectarian violence. The next 30 years saw a remorseless counter-terrorist campaign which deeply affected the lives of all the people of Northern Ireland and several generation of the British Army.

The Peace Process ground on for over ten years but the campaign formally ended in 2007 with the establishment of hitherto unimaginable power sharing.

About The Author

Nick van der Bijl served in the Intelligence Corps. He now works in the security industry. He is the author of numerous military history works including Nine Battles to Stanley, Victory in the Falklands Confrontation and Commandos in Exile.He lives at Mark, Somerset

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