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Belfast Diaries: A Gunner In Northern Ireland 1971-74
     

Belfast Diaries: A Gunner In Northern Ireland 1971-74

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by Steve Corbett
 

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In the four-month period during 1971 that Gunner Stephen Corbett was stationed in Andersontown, Northern Ireland, 33 servicemen were killed by terrorist action in the province. His unit, 9 (Plassey) Bty, Royal Artillery, was attacked by a bomb, bullet or rioters on more than 400 occasions. In 1972 alone, the toll of service personnel killed was more than 100. Yet

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In the four-month period during 1971 that Gunner Stephen Corbett was stationed in Andersontown, Northern Ireland, 33 servicemen were killed by terrorist action in the province. His unit, 9 (Plassey) Bty, Royal Artillery, was attacked by a bomb, bullet or rioters on more than 400 occasions. In 1972 alone, the toll of service personnel killed was more than 100. Yet their action was never classed as a war. When the servicemen returned home there were no marches through the streets to cheering crowds. They just quietly slipped in unnoticed and carried on with their other duties. The young Gunner's notebooks detailing his two tours of duty - Andersontown, November 1971 - March 1972, and New Lodge June 1974 - October 1974 - were put in a drawer where they were to lay, untouched, for more than 30 years. Here, for the first time, this account of his service is vividly brought to life and validated through newspaper articles, intelligence reports, and surviving examples of IRA propaganda. Share in the day-to-day life of a Gunner and his band of brothers' as they patrol the streets of this unforgiving suburban battle ground. Relive the sights and sounds of the rioting and gun battles, and the devastating losses of fallen comrades Bernie Fearns and Kim Maccunn. Especially rare are the large collection of photographs taken by the author at that time, illustrating the life of a serviceman both on and off duty. Belfast Diaries offers a unique opportunity to see this conflicted city through the eyes of a serviceman charged with peacekeeping duties at the height of 'The Troubles', a real 'must-read' for any Northern Ireland or British Army enthusiast.

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ISBN-13:
9781909384071
Publisher:
Helion & Company, Limited
Publication date:
11/02/2013
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

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Belfast Diaries: A Gunner in Northern Ireland 1971-74 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
very good book!!! tells it like it is from the man that was there!! Learn what was really going on in Northern Ireland during those times. 5 stars