The Northern Ireland Troubles

The Northern Ireland Troubles

Operation Banner 1969–2007

Essential Histories 73
  • Author: Aaron Edwards
  • Short code: ESS 73
  • Publication Date: 20 Aug 2011
  • Number of Pages: 96
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The British campaign in Northern Ireland remains one of the most controversial actions in recent history. This new book by Aaron Edwards considers the strategic, operational and tactical aspects of what become the longest ever campaign embarked upon by British troops. The 38-year campaign, codenamed Operation Banner, went through a number of phases. It began as a peacekeeping operation, morphed into a counter-insurgency operation and ending as a policing and counter-terrorism force. Banner was massive in scale. No less than 10,000 troops were on active service throughout the campaign and at one point as many as 30,000 men and women were deployed on Ulster's streets. Drawing on extensive new research, this book presents an authoritative introduction to the 'Troubles', providing a strategic analysis of the successes and failures of the campaign.

Biographical Note

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).

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