Armed Forces mark 50 years since the start of operations in Northern Ireland

Service personnel joined veterans at the Armed Forces Memorial in Staffordshire to commemorate 50 years since the start of Operation Banner.

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There is a good 2 page article in the midlands paper, the Express and star, (14-8-19) with photos explaining why the mob were called in, by a soldier who was one of the first in, in 1969, fascinating reading.
 
There is a good 2 page article in the midlands paper, the Express and star, (14-8-19) with photos explaining why the mob were called in, by a soldier who was one of the first in, in 1969, fascinating reading.
This one? Much more in the article:

George Green was 23 years old when he was thrust into the maelstrom of violence that had engulfed the streets of Londonderry.

He was one of the first British soldiers to land in Northern Ireland at the start of The Troubles in August 1969, serving as part of a ‘spearhead’ battalion with a remit to quell the violence and restore order.

Having joined the Grenadier Guards in 1963, Mr Green, from Kidderminster, was based in Chelsea Barracks ready to get sent anywhere in the world at short notice.

He had completed a 72-hour guard duty at Buckingham Palace after returning from a stint in Germany, and was expecting to be dispatched to the Far East where trouble was brewing.

But on the evening of August 13 he was in his quarters when a knock on the door brought news of a different deployment.

The following morning Mr Green and the rest of his battalion were sent to Liverpool where they boarded the Sir Tristram ferry and headed over to Belfast.

“They took us to Londonderry and we were the first troops there, just 58 of us in all,” he recalls. “None of us had a clue what to expect.

What greeted them was an area in the throes of a three day riot that would become known as the Battle of the Bogside.

Their only instructions came in the form of a yellow card containing 10 questions that were supposed to help the soldiers work out how best to deal with challenging situations.
 

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