This is the first academic study of the British Army in Northern Ireland. It investigates the complex experiences of English, Scottish, Welsh and Irish soldiers alike during the often-controversial Operation Banner 1969-2007. The experiences of these soldiers raise many important and difficult questions on war and policy. When do 'troubles', riots and insurgency become war? How does a liberal state respond to an internal war within its own borders? How does it decide on its rules of engagement for its armed forces? Featuring key interviews with former soldiers, paramilitaries and Special Branch detectives, amongst other key actors, the authors attempt to answer these questions and enhance our knowledge of conflict resolution by providing a deep analysis of one of the most significant British military operations since the Second World War.
|Publisher:||Edinburgh University Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Andrew Sanders is John Moore Newman Research Fellow, UCD Clinton Institute for American Studies at the University College Dublin.
Ian S. Wood is Former Lecturer in History at the Napier University, Edinburgh.
Table of Contents
List of Figures vi
1 British Soldiers on the Front Line, 1970 8
2 The Battle for Belfast 42
3 Belfast: Winning the Battle? 75
4 Derry's Walls 103
5 War on the Border 139
6 Unlawful Force? 169
7 'At least I took no lives …' 181
8 The Secret War 210
9 Full Circle? Drumcree and Withdrawal 236