Bloody Belfast: An Oral History of the British Army's War Against the IRA

Bloody Belfast: An Oral History of the British Army's War Against the IRA

by Ken Wharton


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Former soldier Ken Wharton witnessed the troubles in Northern Ireland first hand. Bloody Belfast is a fascinating oral history given a chilling insight into the killing grounds of Belfast’s streets. Wharton’s work is based on first hand accounts from the soldiers. The reader can walk the darkened, dangerous streets of the Lower Falls, the Divis Flats and New Lodge alongside the soldiers who braved the hate-filled mobs on the newer, but no less violent streets of the ‘Murph, Turf Lodge and Andersonstown. The author has interviewed UDR soldier Glen Espie who survived being ambushed and shot by the IRA not once, but twice, and Army Dog Handler Dougie Durrant, who, through the incredible ability of his dog, tracked an IRA gunman fresh from the murder of a soldier to where he was sitting in a hot bath in the Turf Lodge, desperately trying to wash away the forensic evidence. Wharton’s reputation for honesty established from previous works has encouraged more former soldiers of Britain’s forgotten army to come forward to tell their stories of "Bloody Belfast". The book continues the story of his previous work, presenting the truth about a conflict which has sometimes been deliberately underplayed by the Establishment.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780750985475
Publisher: The History Press
Publication date: 05/01/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 432
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Ken Wharton is a former soldier who served five years in an Infantry unit, including two tours of Northern Ireland during the Troubles. He is the author of A Long Long War: Voices From the British Army in Northern Ireland 1969–98 and The Bloodiest Year 1972..

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