Brits in: Army life in 1970s Northern Ireland

British soldiers reflect on what they saw and did in Troubles-era Northern Ireland

A British army sniper takes cover behind a makeshift peace line dividing Catholic and Protestant communities in north Belfast in February 1978. Photograph: Alex Bowie/Getty Images

A British army sniper takes cover behind a makeshift peace line dividing Catholic and Protestant communities in north Belfast in February 1978. Photograph: Alex Bowie/Getty Images

Edward Burke’s new book examines the story of British army soldiers who served in Northern Ireland during the Troubles.

On July 30th, 1972, the British army commander in Derry, Brigadier Pat MacLellan, sent a memorandum to all of his units, barely six months after the fatal shooting of 14 unarmed protesters on Bloody Sunday.

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