The Northern Ireland Troubles
Operation Banner 1969-2007
By Aaron Edwards
(Osprey Publishing, Paperback, 9781849085250, 96pp.)
Publication Date: August 23, 2011
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No other modern British military campaign evokes as much emotion as the difficult and exceptionally lengthy operational deployment to Northern Ireland. Aaron Edward's new volume on the so-called 'Troubles' considers the strategic, operational and tactical level aspects of the British Army's longest ever campaign: the 38-year Military Aid to the Civil Power deployment in Northern Ireland, which was provided to support the local authorities restore law and order in the midst of sustained republican and loyalist violence. Codenamed 'Operation Banner' the Army's role went through a number of phases, moving from a peacekeeping stance in 1969-71, to a counter-insurgency position in 1971-77, finally ending in 2007, thirty years after the decision to scale back its activities in favour of giving the Royal Ulster Constabulary (and from 2000 the Police Service of Northern Ireland) primacy in counter-terrorist operations. An essential volume for anyone looking for insight into this historic conflict.
Aaron Edwards is a Senior Lecturer in Defence and International Affairs at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He holds a PhD in political science from the Queen's University of Belfast and his main research interests span the Northern Ireland troubles, terrorism, insurgency, conflict resolution and peacebuilding. His books include Transforming the Peace Process in Northern Ireland: From Terrorism to Democratic Politics (co-edited with Stephen Bloomer, 2008), A History of the Northern Ireland Labour Party: Democratic Socialism and Sectarianism (2009), The Northern Ireland Conflict: A Beginner's Guide (co-authored with Cillian McGrattan, 2010) and Defending the Realm? The Politics of Britain's Small Wars since 1945 (2012).
“The Northern Ireland Troubles: Operation Banner 1969-2007, tackles what is a very difficult subject in a detached way. I think this was the correct approach and it drives this 96-page book down a straight historical pathway."
- Keith Nairn-Munro, Toy Soldier & Model Figure (December 2012)