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Summary

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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Terrible

This book is a list of 'events' with no evidence references provided to back up a single statement, the author makes wider reference to public sources but academically this book is bad.

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A well written fanciful tale

Well written, however the author obviously has an agenda. He goes to great lengths in trying to justify the SAS and British governments shot to kill policy in N Ireland. Would be better served in the fairy tale section

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The IRA are scum

A good insight into the disgusting behaviour of the irish terrorists. A very good listen

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Who Dares Gets Sold Out by Bliar

good read explains the history of the troubles n how Bliar sold out the British.

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an informative listen

eye opening account of the military role in Northern Ireland and the effect this had.

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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.

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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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insightful and accurate

A very honest insight to undercover operations in NI during the troubles, having served in NI myself.

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Great wee listen with good historical content

Loved this book. Read well and mostly accurate with a few minor glitches. Highly recommend to anyone interested in the history of the troubles.