The Northern Ireland Troubles
1969–2007

 

Essential Histories The Northern Ireland Troubles 1969-2007

Author Aaron Edwards

In this fully illustrated introduction, acclaimed historian Dr Aaron Edwards provides a concise overview of one of the most difficult and controversial actions in recent history.

Spanning 38 years of the ‘Troubles’, the British Army’s deployment in Northern Ireland (codenamed Operation Banner) was one of the most difficult and controversial in its recent history. Over 10,000 troops were on active service during much of the campaign, which saw armoured vehicles, helicopters and special forces deployed onto the streets of Ulster. In this book, the author considers the strategic, operational and tactical aspects of Operation Banner, as the Army’s military objectives morphed from high-profile peacekeeping into a covert war against the IRA. Using personal testimony from both sides of the sectarian divide, as well as insights from the soldiers themselves, he presents an authoritative introduction to the Army’s role in the Troubles, providing expert analysis of Operation Banner’s successes and failures.

The book is well-structured, starting with a background to the war, the warring sides, the outbreak, the fighting, the world around the war, how the war ended, and its consequences. It considers the strategic, operational, and tactical aspects of Operation Banner, as the Army’s military objectives morphed from high-profile peacekeeping into a covert war against the IRA.

Updated and revised for the new edition, with full-colour maps and 50 new images, this is an accessible introduction to the complicated yet fascinating history of modern Britain’s longest military campaign.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Background to War
  • Warring Sides
  • Outbreak
  • The Fighting
  • The World Around War
  • How the War Ended
  • Conclusion and Consequences
  • Chronology
  • Further Reading
  • Index

The authors writing is enriched with personal testimonies from both sides of the sectarian divide, as well as insights from the soldiers themselves. This approach brings a human element to the narrative, making it more relatable and engaging for the reader. The writing is enriched with personal testimonies from both sides of the factional divide, as well as insights from the soldiers themselves. This approach brings a human element to the narrative, making it more relatable and engaging for the reader.

Summary

The Northern Ireland Troubles: 1969–2007 is an authoritative and accessible introduction to the Army’s role in the Troubles, providing expert analysis of Operation Banner’s successes and failures. It is a must-read for anyone interested in understanding this historic conflict.

The Northern Ireland Troubles 1969–2007, is a complex and sensitive period in history that involved political, social, and religious conflict. While it may not be suitable for casual wargaming, modeling, figure painting, or historical enthusiast activities, there are ways to approach this topic respectfully and responsibly if you are interested in exploring it within these hobbies. Here are some things you should consider when approaching this subject.

If you are a wargamer, consider using the Troubles as a basis for scenario design in historical wargames. Focus on specific incidents or battles, ensuring accuracy and sensitivity to the historical context. Use the game as a tool for understanding the challenges faced by various factions.

Create dioramas or models that represent scenes from the Troubles, showcasing the urban environment, vehicles, and uniforms of the time. Ensure accuracy in depicting the details to reflect the historical setting.

If you’re into figure painting, you can paint miniature figures representing soldiers or civilians from the Troubles period. Research uniform details and insignia to accurately depict the different factions involved.

Use documentaries, books, and other reputable sources to gain a deeper understanding of the historical events. This will help you create more accurate and respectful representations in your hobby projects. Approach the subject with cultural and social sensitivity. Recognize that the Troubles had a profound impact on the people of Northern Ireland. Avoid glorifying violence or taking a one-sided perspective. Be mindful of the potential sensitivity of the topic, especially if you plan to share your hobby projects online or with a wider audience. Clearly communicate your intention to explore historical events without glorifying or trivializing the suffering of those involved. Engage in discussions with others who share your interest in historical wargaming, modeling, or figure painting. Learn from each other’s perspectives and ensure that there is a respectful exchange of ideas.

Remember that the Troubles involved real people and real suffering. Approach the topic with respect, empathy, and a commitment to accuracy in order to create educational and informative representations within the context of your hobbies.

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