The Ulster Tales

A Tribute to those Who Served 1969-2000

John Wilsey

Date Published :
November 2020
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Illustration :
16 pages b/w plates
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Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781526781758
Pages : 208
Dimensions : 9.25 X 6 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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The Ulster Tales captures the lives and experiences of ten individuals who were caught up in the Troubles. Each has a very distinct story to tell according to their role and position.

Arranged roughly in chronological order, the book covers the media, military, intelligence, police, business, politics and civil service.

The first tale is that of Simon Hoggart, the journalist who reported for The Guardian in Belfast and London from the start. The military angle is covered by the GOC at a critical moment (General Sir Richard Lawson), a Private in The Green Howards from Barnsley and a widow. A member of MI5 and a key Source Handler represents the Intelligence effort. The politician is Tom King who was Secretary of State at the time of the Anglo-Irish Agreement and narrowly avoided assassination and we hear of the role of a top civil servant, Sir John Blelloch. The Policemans Tale is that of a young Met officer who transferred to the RUC.

The book is both a tribute to the many who dedicated their lives to the fight against terrorism and an original and interesting way of promoting a better understanding of the complex Northern Ireland situation.

About The Author

General Sir John Wilsey was commissioned into the Devon and Dorset Regiment. During his distinguished career he served in Northern Ireland in every rank bar one, culminating as the GOC from 1990-93. Now retired he wrote the acclaimed biography of Col H Johns VC – The Life and Death of an Unusual Hero (Hutchinson and Arrow (p/b)).


"[The Ulster Tales] presents an insider’s account of the experiences of ten Britons who were prominently involved in the Northern Ireland ‘troubles’ between 1969 and 2000 ... each chapter [is] introduced by the author’s well-informed overview."

- Joshua Sinai, Ph. D., Perspectives on Terrorism, Volume 12, Issue 5

"Veterans of the conflict will probably find the varied perspectives of policemen, businessmen, and civil servants a stimulating contrast to their own experience."

- Terrorism and Political Violence

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