Wash your mouth out. Green Millets snorkel parka, if you don't mind.
Amazing how different tours are - and a great example of how no historian should rely on limited sources. Somebody was berating @Stonker the other day for referencing Afghanistan when he hadn't served there - what a joke. If the criteria for having an opinion was specific personal experience then there'd be almost no history and certainly no objective history!I think there was probably a round robin of Stations holding the distinction as activity peaked and troughed.
In 3 West Belfast tours I can only recall New Barnsley being shot at once, Andytown Station I didn't have much dealings with.
Amazing how different tours are - and a great example of how no historian should rely on limited sources.
Duffelcoats, so it was, back then, Shirley?
The thread about that pretty much ignored what he actually wrote, which was that someone picked up a fragment of the skull and used it as an ashtray (i.e. stubbed a fag out on it). Somehow that turned into a fully gilded skull being set up as a permanent fixture in the discussion on here.He has been interviewed on several occasions about his role in Ballymurphy, if I am not wrong he may be the origin of the story of the skull being used as an ashtray, that was dismissed by other posters here in another thread.
If you only saw the serialisation in the Mail, bear in mind that the Mail rewrites the text to suit their own editorial tone. The content and tone of the book itself is much more restrained.I have no idea why a gent of his calibre would produce such 'Sun' levels of proported 'fact'. His legal practise must be experiencing lean Covid times.
Back when I was a sproggy 2Lt in the late 80s, one of the Section Commanders in our platoon's TAC had done a few years in the Regulars. He got sent off to COP Platoon shortly after getting to the battalion; the one photo he had of himself from his regular days in the early 80s, was as a teenager clutching an M79 in a hide somewhere.Covert, with a bloody grenade launcher? I'll have to check my dictionary for the meaning of 'covert' I think.
Police hope DNA on helmet will solve 1982 murder case
Interesting article concerning new leads on the murder of three RUC officers in 1982. Although if anybody is convicted I take it they would only do two years before being eligble for parole under the 'Good Friday Agreement'.
He wasn't in A Company 2RRF in that case (see my posts passim on this very thread, and about this weapon)
Don't ever doubt I coulda worked it out.You must have figured out by now that I was Lowland Brigade - same mob as @Auld-Yin, next-door to @Busterdog (them that celebrates Minden Day) and @pimpernel (them that torched 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue)...
... you know, the Right of the Line, reckoned that the Foot Guards were a bit nouveau arriviste...
The problem is that is just a badge of honour for the Republicans. You have just got to look at the thread about the Anglo-Irish War of Independence. Every day the IRA were murdering Irish Catholic policemen from the RIC, in front of their families at home and while they were in church. They were also involved in the ethnic cleansing of Southern Protestants.Fingers crossed it leads to conviction. Regardless of sentence implications, it will provide family's with long overdue answers and the deserving bastards involved will formally gain the title of murderer for the rest of their lives.
The thread about that pretty much ignored what he actually wrote, which was that someone picked up a fragment of the skull and used it as an ashtray (i.e. stubbed a fag out on it). Somehow that turned into a fully gilded skull being set up as a permanent fixture in the discussion on here.
As to the new book (The Undercover War), full disclosure: I was involved on the editorial side, fact checking and liaising with the DSMA committee at the MOD about what could legally be published. I obviously can't speak to the accuracy of all the details in it, but everything I followed up checked out and SFHQ asked for a very large number of redactions (almost all of which were turned down). The DSMA were a surprisingly obliging body and were content to accept the rejection of the redactions if similar claims were already in the public domain.
If you only saw the serialisation in the Mail, bear in mind that the Mail rewrites the text to suit their own editorial tone. The content and tone of the book itself is much more restrained.