Best Book on Northern Ireland in the 70s

#1
Having spent my youth getting rained on all over Ulster from The Creggan /Bogside/ to Ardoyne/Glassmullen/Twinbrook/Ballymurphy/NH St Mill/Divis Flats/ Crossmaglen and Silverbridge: I am trying toi find a decent book(s) that cover the period.

Any recommendations?
 
#3
Pararegtom said:
Ken Wharton,s Bombs, bullets and a cup of tea, I have both volumes excellant reading.
Ken's books are brilliant and are well on par with the IWM "Forgotten voices" and the " Lost Voices" series, but they are not a real history, but the personal accounts af the people who were there, I dont think there is a really good history of OP Banner as yet, and if there ever is it would have to be a pretty massive volume," The British Army in Ulster" was a good attempt but missed out quite a lot
 
#8
Bumper said:
British Army in Ulster Vols 1-4 by David Barzilay will bring some memories back, (if you can find them).
Vol 2 is from Aug 73 to 75, excellent for Units, photos and Ops. Agree Bumper Iv'e been looking for years for the later ones.
 
#10
Bumper said:
British Army in Ulster Vols 1-4 by David Barzilay will bring some memories back, (if you can find them).
...and if some of us got royalties for our photos in there, we'd be a pint or two better off down the pub.
 
#11
Bumper said:
British Army in Ulster Vols 1-4 by David Barzilay will bring some memories back, (if you can find them).
I have the full set of these. They cost me a total of £19.00 as I bought them as soon as each was published (Vol 1 £2.10s!).
Amazon had a set on sale recently for around £180.00!!!!
However if you look around second-hand bookshops you may find these at much less cost but possibly not as a full set.

Other books of interest include "Bombs have no Pity" by Lt Col George Styles G.C., "Fetch Felix" by Lt-Col Derrick Patrick, "Operation Banner" by Nick Van Der Bijl, "A Testimony to Courage, The Regimental History of the Ulster Defence Regiment", by John Potter, and "The Thin Green Line", The History of the Royal Ulster Constabulary GC, by Richard Doherty.
For serious researchers there is of course "Lost Lives The stories of the men, women, and children who died as a result of the Northern Ireland troubles".
 
#14
I was shown a book all about NI by an older serving friend. It had graphic images of the effect of a hollow point round fired at a soldier using an armalite, with equally graphic entry and exit wound, have vague memorys of a picture of a severed cock lying in a back alley in the same book. I think the einstein brothers that fired the rocket launcher from the back of a van was in it too.

Any ideas of the book?
 
#15
Outstanding said:
Having spent my youth getting rained on all over Ulster from The Creggan /Bogside/ to Ardoyne/Glassmullen/Twinbrook/Ballymurphy/NH St Mill/Divis Flats/ Crossmaglen and Silverbridge: I am trying toi find a decent book(s) that cover the period.

Any recommendations?
Northern Ireland Soldiers Talking, by Max Arthur (and not only because some of my excellent fellows are quoted in there!). Captures some of the odd humour, which many books tend to miss.
 
#16
Bollock-chops said:
I was shown a book all about NI by an older serving friend. It had graphic images of the effect of a hollow point round fired at a soldier using an armalite, with equally graphic entry and exit wound, have vague memorys of a picture of a severed cock lying in a back alley in the same book. I think the einstein brothers that fired the rocket launcher from the back of a van was in it too.

Any ideas of the book?
I took a number of photographs of this particular subject in 1976 or -7, behind a collection of bins in a Brandywell alley. I wasn't aware that any of them had made it into the public arena, but probably one or more of the cordon had also taken pictures. If it's the same dick, of course. The one found by the patrol and subsequently taken into my charge had belonged to a Patrick Doherty of the Shantallow, whose kiddyfiddling days came to an abrupt and sticky end.
 

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