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When British troops first deployed to Northern Ireland in 1969 to keep apart rioting factions of loyalists and nationalists, they could not have known that they were being drawn into the longest campaign in the British Army's history, a battle against the threat of a new rising force - the Provisional Irish Republican Army.  

While patrols, vehicle bombs and incendiary speeches are the defining memories of the Troubles, the real war was fought out of sight and out of mind. For 30 years, Britain's Special Forces waged a ferocious, secretive struggle against a ruthless and implacable enemy.

Harry McCallion's deep experience across the theatre of Northern Ireland offers a unique insight into nearly every major military action and operation in the Province. Having served seven tours with the Parachute Regiment, undergone selection for the 14 Intelligence Company, completed six years with the SAS - including two tours with their anti-terrorism team - and received two commendations for bravery during service with the Royal Ulster Constabulary, there are few more qualified to tell this astonishing story.

This book is his blistering account of the history of Britain's war against the IRA between 1970 and 1998. From new insights into high-profile killings and riveting accounts of enemy contact, to revelations about clandestine missions and the strategies used in combating a merciless enemy, Undercover War is the definitive inside story of the battle against the IRA, one of the most dangerous and effective terrorist organisations in recent history.

©2020 Harry McCallion (P)2020 Bonnier Books UK

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Fantastic

As an ex serving soldier both in the Scottish and parachute regiments serving in the early seventies I found Harry‘a accounts interesting and credible, thank you Harry on behalf of ex serving soldiers.

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Covert OPs, an insightful overview.

A most informative and revealing account of covert operatons during the troubles. The authors' ability to drscribe events in a manner in which civilians would understand is testimony to his laying out in chapters of interesting but factual information.

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Fantastic book

Great book kept you hooked, couldn't put it down, even listened whilst weight training but what I don't understand is why when you get to the end and want to review it you have to do it in over 15 words why, what's wrong with my original 14

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Fascinating.

A really interesting listen plus fabulous narrating well worth the purchase.Highly recommended, 5 stars for me!

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Fabulous take on a complex history

Wasn’t sure what to make of this before it started but I can honestly say I’ve yet to listen to or read a more balanced take on the troubles in Northern Ireland. There are deep seated reasons on both sides for the position Ireland and the UK finds itself in but this book tries to given a view from all sides to a greater or lesser degree. I tried to listen to this unsubhectively and I hope I’ve come out the other side with a tiny more understanding of the grievances that blighted Northern Ireland. Peace needed to come and it has to a degree, we all need to learn and move on and that definitely includes the UK government. A great listen well read

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fascinating read.

A interesting and detailed catalogue of the interactions between the IRA and SAS in Northern Ireland. Well narrated. Couldn't put it down once started.

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Great book

Good listen, found very interesting would recommend to anyone wanting to learn sone history of the troubles

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Another excellent book from Harry

This is a brilliant account of the hard work put in by faceless individuals in the province. A very good insight into some of the operations you may have heard of and even more you have not. This book is insanely well researched and beautifully read. 100% recommend

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Great

Loved it, fantastic insight into the going ons on out doorstep would highly recommend a listen

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A Well-Researched History Of The Troubles

Harry McCallion has drawn together a fine collection of sources to orovide an insight into how the British and Irish forces fought against IRA terrorists. A welll-constructed book, well-read.