A Long Long War: Voices from the British Army in Northern Ireland 1969-98

A Long Long War Voices from the British Army in Northern Ireland This is the story of the Troubles in Northern Ireland told from the perspective of the British soldiers who served there between and This was a war against terrorists who knew no mercy or co

  • Title: A Long Long War: Voices from the British Army in Northern Ireland 1969-98
  • Author: Ken Wharton
  • ISBN: 9781906033187
  • Page: 123
  • Format: Hardcover
  • This is the story of the Troubles in Northern Ireland told from the perspective of the British soldiers who served there between 1969 and 1998 This was a war against terrorists who knew no mercy or compassion a war involving sectarian hatred and violent death Over 1,000 British lives were lost in a place just 30 minutes flying time away from the mainland The British ArThis is the story of the Troubles in Northern Ireland told from the perspective of the British soldiers who served there between 1969 and 1998 This was a war against terrorists who knew no mercy or compassion a war involving sectarian hatred and violent death Over 1,000 British lives were lost in a place just 30 minutes flying time away from the mainland The British Army was sent into Northern Ireland on August 14, 1969 by the Wilson government as law and order had broken down and the population mainly Catholics and property were at grave risk Between then and 1998 some 300,000 British troops served in Northern Ireland This is their story in their own words from first to last There are stories from some of the most seminal moments in the period of the Troubles in Northern Ireland detailed accounts of firefights at Crossmaglen from the commanders on the ground at the time an incredible story from a British Army sniper in Londonderry, 1973 an account from the first squaddie on the scene at Penny Lane after the 1988 funeral killings of the two corporals the 1988 Ballygawley coach blast which killed 8 Light Infantrymen, with a first hand account by one of the survivors the case of the missing Christmas Club money in the Ardoyne Gerry Adams birthday treat at a vehicle checkpoint, accounts by plain clothes intelligence officers on the streets of Belfast and many The brave men and women of the Ulster Defence Regiment, many of whom were murdered in their homes or at their places of work, occupy a prominent place in the book The author has also conducted a great deal of original research to produce a roll of honor for all service personnel killed in Northern Ireland A major contribution to research, the list differs to its official MoD counterpart to a surprising degree It includes than 20 names before the first official casualty, Gunner Robert Curtis 1971 and than 10 after the last official casualty, L Bombardier Stephen Restorick 1997 Receiving a remarkable amount of cooperation from Northern Ireland veterans eager to tell their story, the author has compiled a vivid and unforgettable record Their experiences sad and poignant, fearful and violent, courageous in the face of adversity, even downright hilarious make for compelling reading Their voices need to be heard.

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    About “Ken Wharton

    • Ken Wharton

      English writer and former British soldier who has written a series of non fictional books on the violent religious political conflict in Northern Ireland known as The Troubles The books are an oral history based on first hand accounts by soldiers of all ranks who served in the Operation Banner campaign as well as Wharton s own personal experiences when he did two tours of Northern Ireland He served in the Royal Green Jackets regiment.

    602 thoughts on “A Long Long War: Voices from the British Army in Northern Ireland 1969-98

    • I felt compelled to write and post a review on this book, I’m not sure why, maybe because it seemed that this book needed to be noticed and read, to allow the individual soldiers a chance to tell their stories, which is what this book is all about.A Long Long War covers the history of the ‘Troubles’ in Northern Ireland from 1969 to 1998. Regardless of your political or religious persuasion this book should be read by all as it offers the reader a chance to view this period through the eyes [...]


    • Like very many, I served in Northern Ireland during the 1970s. Sadly, I have very clear memories of some of these events and knew some of the casualties. The author explains the situation that we were faced with very well. Having been sent in to protect the Catholic population, things backfired very badly and we found ourselves stuck between the two communities. He also raises that tricky issue of misguided American involvement and how the financial support and the smuggling in of arms and explo [...]


    • It could be very emotional reading the accounts of incidents and the aftermath it left behind. The accounts of wives/mothers who had lost loved ones very truly moving. It only scratches the surface of what all service personnel (Army, UDR, RUC) had to put up with. A must read for all, to see the horror some young men had to face.


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