Northern Ireland: The Troubles -

Northern Ireland: The Troubles

From The Provos to The Det, 1968-1998



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It is, of course, no secret that undercover Special Forces and intelligence agencies operated in Northern Ireland and the Republic throughout the 'troubles', from 1969 to 2001 and beyond. What is less well known is how these units were recruited, how they operated, what their mandate was and what they actually did. This is the first account to reveal much of this hitherto unpublished information, providing a truly unique record of surveillance, reconnaissance, intelligence gathering, collusion and undercover combat. An astonishing number of agencies were active to combat the IRA murder squads ('the Provos'), among others the Military Reaction Force (MRF) and the Special Reconnaissance Unit, also known as the 14 Field Security and Intelligence Company ('The Det'), as well as MI5, Special Branch, the RUC, the UDR and the Force Research Unit (FRU), later the Joint Support Group (JSG)). It deals with still contentious and challenging issues as shoot-to-kill, murder squads, the Disappeared, and collusion with loyalists. It examines the findings of the Stevens, Cassel and De Silva reports and looks at operations Loughgall, Andersonstown, Gibraltar and others. AUTHOR: Kenneth Lesley-Dixon is a writer on local British history and military history. He has recently started writing for several Pen & Sword military history series including 'Cold War 1945 1991', 'Military Legacy' and 'Architects of Terror'. 60 b/w illustrations

Product code: 9781526729170

ISBN 9781526729170
No. Of Pages 128
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H234xW156
Series A History of Terror
Publisher Pen & Sword Books Ltd
Focuses on 14 Field Security and Intelligence Company recruitment, training and operations.