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Photos of the British Army in Northern Ireland – 1969-1979

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In 1969, the situation in Northern Ireland was so grave that British troops were sent to restore order. By 1972, the British government suspended the Northern Ireland parliament and imposed direct rule from London.

The Troubles saw 3,600 people killed and thousands more injured.

These photos are of those times. This was when the British Army trained its guns on British citizens on British soil:

 

British troops in Belfast, Northern Ireland stand outside a new all weather shelter in October 1969. (AP Photo/Peter Kemp) Ref #: PA.11410183  Date: 01/10/1969

British troops in Belfast, Northern Ireland stand outside a new all weather shelter in October 1969. (AP Photo/Peter Kemp)
Ref #: PA.11410183
Date: 01/10/1969

 

Northern Ireland Troubles

British troops patrol in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1969, following conflict in the city. (AP Photo/Peter Kemp) Ref #: PA.11408227

British troops patrol in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1969, following conflict in the city. (AP Photo/Peter Kemp)
Ref #: PA.11408227

British troops in Belfast, Northern Ireland around 1969. (AP Photo/Peter Kemp) Ref #: PA.11197766  Date: 01/01/1969

British troops in Belfast, Northern Ireland around 1969. (AP Photo/Peter Kemp)
Ref #: PA.11197766
Date: 01/01/1969

 

Against a background of ruined homes, British troops guard a strategic roadway position in their peacekeeping role in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1969. (AP Photo/Peter Kemp) Ref #: PA.11408232

Against a background of ruined homes, British troops guard a strategic roadway position in their peacekeeping role in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1969. (AP Photo/Peter Kemp)
Ref #: PA.11408232

Local people walk past British troops on guard in the streets after violence in Northern Ireland in August 1969. (AP Photo/Peter Kemp) Ref #: PA.11197900

Local people walk past British troops on guard in the streets after violence in Northern Ireland in August 1969. (AP Photo/Peter Kemp)
Ref #: PA.11197900

British soldiers stand guard behind a barbed wire barricade in Londonderry, Northern Ireland in August 1969, following fresh disturbances. (AP Photo/Peter Kemp) Ref #: PA.11408236

British soldiers stand guard behind a barbed wire barricade in Londonderry, Northern Ireland in August 1969, following fresh disturbances. (AP Photo/Peter Kemp)
Ref #: PA.11408236

A British Army soldier on lookout in the Falls Road area of Belfast. Ref #: PA.4893379  Date: 15/08/1969

A British Army soldier on lookout in the Falls Road area of Belfast.
Ref #: PA.4893379
Date: 15/08/1969

Local children look at British troops who have been sent to form a buffer during religious disputes in Northern Ireland in September 1969. (AP Photo/Royle) Ref #: PA.11410107

Local children look at British troops who have been sent to form a buffer during religious disputes in Northern Ireland in September 1969. (AP Photo/Royle)
Ref #: PA.11410107

Armed British soldiers in Belfast, Northern Ireland during disorders in September 1969. (AP Photo/Royle) Ref #: PA.11408268  Date: 14/09/1969

Armed British soldiers in Belfast, Northern Ireland during disorders in September 1969. (AP Photo/Royle)
Ref #: PA.11408268
Date: 14/09/1969

An armed British soldier in Belfast, Northern Ireland during disorders in September 1969. In the background are local people. (AP Photo/Royle) Ref #: PA.11408246  Date: 14/09/1969

An armed British soldier in Belfast, Northern Ireland during disorders in September 1969. In the background are local people. (AP Photo/Royle)
Ref #: PA.11408246
Date: 14/09/1969

Bernadette Devlin, firebrand Catholic civil rights leader and Member of Parliament for Mid-Ulster, surrounded by British troops, leaves court at Londonderry, Northern Ireland, on Dec. 22, 1969, after receiving six months jail sentence on charges of inciting people to riotous behavior. (AP Photo) Ref #: PA.10346486  Date: 22/12/1969

Bernadette Devlin, firebrand Catholic civil rights leader and Member of Parliament for Mid-Ulster, surrounded by British troops, leaves court at Londonderry, Northern Ireland, on Dec. 22, 1969, after receiving six months jail sentence on charges of inciting people to riotous behavior. (AP Photo)
Ref #: PA.10346486
Date: 22/12/1969

An armed British soldier in Belfast, Northern Ireland during disorders in September 1969. (AP Photo/Royle) Ref #: PA.11408158  Date: 14/09/1969

An armed British soldier in Belfast, Northern Ireland during disorders in September 1969. (AP Photo/Royle)
Ref #: PA.11408158
Date: 14/09/1969

Captain Young of the King's Own Scottish Borderers holds the British Army's new anti riot weapon, the rubber bullet, which was used recently in the new Lodge Road area of Belfast, Northern Ireland during riots in 1970. (AP Photo/Peter Kemp) Ref #: PA.11426323

Captain Young of the King’s Own Scottish Borderers holds the British Army’s new anti riot weapon, the rubber bullet, which was used recently in the new Lodge Road area of Belfast, Northern Ireland during riots in 1970. (AP Photo/Peter Kemp)
Ref #: PA.11426323

British troops confront young rioters on the Ballymurphy Estate in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1970. (AP Photo/Peter Kemp) Ref #: PA.11444952

British troops confront young rioters on the Ballymurphy Estate in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1970. (AP Photo/Peter Kemp)
Ref #: PA.11444952

British troops at known trouble spots in the city streets during the Orange Day Parade in Belfast, Northern Ireland on July 13, 1970. (AP Photo/Peter Kemp) Ref #: PA.11655907

British troops at known trouble spots in the city streets during the Orange Day Parade in Belfast, Northern Ireland on July 13, 1970. (AP Photo/Peter Kemp)
Ref #: PA.11655907

Troops of the Royal Scots Regiment in riot protection clothing in Belfast, Northern Ireland during a drill parade in July 1970. The soldiers were part of a contingent of the British Army drafted into the area to help quell disorders and outbreaks of rioting a the city caused by friction between rival Catholic and Protestant groups. (AP Photo/Peter Kemp) Ref #: PA.11224985

Troops of the Royal Scots Regiment in riot protection clothing in Belfast, Northern Ireland during a drill parade in July 1970. The soldiers were part of a contingent of the British Army drafted into the area to help quell disorders and outbreaks of rioting a the city caused by friction between rival Catholic and Protestant groups. (AP Photo/Peter Kemp)
Ref #: PA.11224985

BELFAST IRA CLASHES - British troops straddle a main road near the Catholic Unity flats in Belfast, Northern Ireland, during a lull in the recent current wave of disorders which had flared up in a show of strength by a breakaway group of the Irish Republican Army earlier in the week. Club wielding republican extremists had forcefully halted traffic during the funerals of catholic riot victims. (AP-Photo/Peter Kemp) 02/11/1971 Ref #: PA.4885214

BELFAST IRA CLASHES – British troops straddle a main road near the Catholic Unity flats in Belfast, Northern Ireland, during a lull in the recent current wave of disorders which had flared up in a show of strength by a breakaway group of the Irish Republican Army earlier in the week. Club wielding republican extremists had forcefully halted traffic during the funerals of catholic riot victims. (AP-Photo/Peter Kemp) 02/11/1971
Ref #: PA.4885214

British troops sift through the ruins of a supermarket after a bomb exploded in Cavehill Road, Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1971. (AP Photo) Ref #: PA.10766212

British troops sift through the ruins of a supermarket after a bomb exploded in Cavehill Road, Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1971. (AP Photo)
Ref #: PA.10766212

BELFAST IRA CLASHES - Brithis troops take up positions in the doorways of shops near Eliza street, in the markets area of Belfast, a short distance from the city centre of Northern Irelands capital. Area was the scene of continued bitter fighting as British forces clashed with elements of the Irish Republican Army provisional wing. (AP-Photo/Peter Kemp) 08/17/1971 Ref #: PA.4885218

BELFAST IRA CLASHES – Brithis troops take up positions in the doorways of shops near Eliza street, in the markets area of Belfast, a short distance from the city centre of Northern Irelands capital. Area was the scene of continued bitter fighting as British forces clashed with elements of the Irish Republican Army provisional wing. (AP-Photo/Peter Kemp) 08/17/1971
Ref #: PA.4885218

A British soldier stands guard as bystanders wait to get a view of operations by the army bomb disposal squad in Northern Ireland on Nov. 11, 1971 after an explosive device had been planted near the city centre. (AP Photo) Ref #: PA.10765953

A British soldier stands guard as bystanders wait to get a view of operations by the army bomb disposal squad in Northern Ireland on Nov. 11, 1971 after an explosive device had been planted near the city centre. (AP Photo)
Ref #: PA.10765953

To help the 1st Battalion Scots Guards, at present serving in Northern Ireland, celebrate Hogmanay in the traditional manner, the North-East London Army Cadet Force has presented them with two cases of 'Hard Rations', known to civilians as Scotch whisky. Army Cadet Force Lance-Corporal Anthony Jackson (in beret) presented the cases to Major J R Arthur, Regimental Adjutant, Scots Guards, at Wellington Barracks, London. Ref #: PA.10981757  Date: 22/12/1971

To help the 1st Battalion Scots Guards, at present serving in Northern Ireland, celebrate Hogmanay in the traditional manner, the North-East London Army Cadet Force has presented them with two cases of ‘Hard Rations’, known to civilians as Scotch whisky.
Army Cadet Force Lance-Corporal Anthony Jackson (in beret) presented the cases to Major J R Arthur, Regimental Adjutant, Scots Guards, at Wellington Barracks, London.
Ref #: PA.10981757
Date: 22/12/1971

 

British troops fire rubber bullets at stone-throwing Protestant rioters who had set fire to the mobile classrooms of Our Lady of Mercy Secondary School in the Ballysillian area of west Belfast, Northern Ireland, March 28, 1972. (AP Photo/Michel Lipchitz) Ref #: PA.4885238

British troops fire rubber bullets at stone-throwing Protestant rioters who had set fire to the mobile classrooms of Our Lady of Mercy Secondary School in the Ballysillian area of west Belfast, Northern Ireland, March 28, 1972. (AP Photo/Michel Lipchitz)
Ref #: PA.4885238

 

A young child, resting on a man's shoulders, holds a hanging effigy of a British soldier during a march in Belfast, capital of Northern Ireland, Feb. 1972. The rally follows the deadly shooting of 13 demonstrators by British paratroopers during the civil rights march on Jan. 30, known as Bloody Sunday. (AP Photo/Michel Laurent) Ref #: PA.8693089

A young child, resting on a man’s shoulders, holds a hanging effigy of a British soldier during a march in Belfast, capital of Northern Ireland, Feb. 1972. The rally follows the deadly shooting of 13 demonstrators by British paratroopers during the civil rights march on Jan. 30, known as Bloody Sunday. (AP Photo/Michel Laurent)
Ref #: PA.8693089

 

Women and children stand near an armed British military soldier patrols a street in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Feb. 1972. British paratroopers shot 13 demonstrators during a civil rights march on Jan. 30, known as Bloody Sunday. (AP Photo/Michel Laurent) Ref #: PA.8647620

Women and children stand near an armed British military soldier patrols a street in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Feb. 1972. British paratroopers shot 13 demonstrators during a civil rights march on Jan. 30, known as Bloody Sunday. (AP Photo/Michel Laurent)
Ref #: PA.8647620

Troops sprint from their barracks in Holywood, near Belfast to board a truck to take up guard duty.

Troops sprint from their barracks in Holywood, near Belfast to board a truck to take up guard duty.

Northern Ireland - The Troubles - British Soldiers - Belfast - 1969

Riot police wearing helmets and gas masks during disturbances with Catholic rioters along a street in the Bogside area of Londonderry, Northern Ireland on Aug. 13, 1969. (AP Photo/Peter Kemp) Ref #: PA.11810340

Riot police wearing helmets and gas masks during disturbances with Catholic rioters along a street in the Bogside area of Londonderry, Northern Ireland on Aug. 13, 1969. (AP Photo/Peter Kemp)
Ref #: PA.11810340

People move to and from the Bogside area of Londonderry after a night of rioting in which at least five people were shot dead. Ref #: PA.4885494

People move to and from the Bogside area of Londonderry after a night of rioting in which at least five people were shot dead.
Ref #: PA.4885494

A wedding couple sitting in the back of a truck is stopped and checked by British soldiers in Shankill Road, Belfast, Northern Ireland. Ref #: PA.11024905

A wedding couple sitting in the back of a truck is stopped and checked by British soldiers in Shankill Road, Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Ref #: PA.11024905

Private Edward Egan of the 1st battalion The Queens Regiment, from Uckfield, Sussex, stands guard on the city walls overlooking Bogside, the Catholic area of troubled Londonderry. Ref #: PA.7780792  Date: 08/10/1969

Private Edward Egan of the 1st battalion The Queens Regiment, from Uckfield, Sussex, stands guard on the city walls overlooking Bogside, the Catholic area of troubled Londonderry.
Ref #: PA.7780792
Date: 08/10/1969

British soldiers stand guard as a department store goes up in flames in the center of Londonderry, Northern Ireland, on Jan. 4, 1972. In center background, a fireman directs water into the blaze. The fire followed explosion of a bomb planted in the building by Irish Republican Army (IRA) terrorists. (AP Photo) Ref #: PA.4885228

British soldiers stand guard as a department store goes up in flames in the center of Londonderry, Northern Ireland, on Jan. 4, 1972. In center background, a fireman directs water into the blaze. The fire followed explosion of a bomb planted in the building by Irish Republican Army (IRA) terrorists. (AP Photo)
Ref #: PA.4885228

A British soldier stands guard near a camouflaged control post in Belfast, Northern Ireland'’s capital in 1972. (AP Photo) Ref #: PA.10990757  Date: 01/01/1972

A British soldier stands guard near a camouflaged control post in Belfast, Northern Ireland’’s capital in 1972. (AP Photo)
Ref #: PA.10990757
Date: 01/01/1972

A British soldier guards firemen fighting a blaze after a bomb blast at a miller's beside the River Foyle in Londonderry, when bombers opened a new offensive in the city in response to the shooting deaths of 13 civilians at the weekend by British soldiers. Ref #: PA.12441676  Date: 03/02/1972

A British soldier guards firemen fighting a blaze after a bomb blast at a miller’s beside the River Foyle in Londonderry, when bombers opened a new offensive in the city in response to the shooting deaths of 13 civilians at the weekend by British soldiers.
Ref #: PA.12441676
Date: 03/02/1972

 

Local children taunt a British soldier as he stands guard in Londonderry, Northern Ireland on April 13, 1972, after an explosion in the city center. (AP Photo/Michel Lipchitz) Ref #: PA.11926367

Local children taunt a British soldier as he stands guard in Londonderry, Northern Ireland on April 13, 1972, after an explosion in the city center. (AP Photo/Michel Lipchitz)
Ref #: PA.11926367

 

Local children taunt and play with a British soldier as he stands guard in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, April 13, 1972, following an explosion in the city. (AP Photo/Michel Lipchitz) Ref #: PA.8671020

Local children taunt and play with a British soldier as he stands guard in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, April 13, 1972, following an explosion in the city. (AP Photo/Michel Lipchitz)
Ref #: PA.8671020

Lieut. General Sir Harry Tuzo, GOC Northern Ireland, (centre) with a Military Police escort in Newry. Ref #: PA.1703356  Date: 06/02/1972

Lieut. General Sir Harry Tuzo, GOC Northern Ireland, (centre) with a Military Police escort in Newry.
Ref #: PA.1703356
Date: 06/02/1972

British troops search the handbags of Ulster women on the outskirts of the Northern Ireland town of Newry on Feb. 6, 1972, the day scheduled for a massive demonstration by the Pro-Catholic Civil Rights movement, to protest over the shooting of 13 civilians in Londonderry. Later the marchers avoided the town centre of Newry and held instead a peaceful protest meeting in a meadow. (AP Photo) Ref #: PA.10462311

British troops search the handbags of Ulster women on the outskirts of the Northern Ireland town of Newry on Feb. 6, 1972, the day scheduled for a massive demonstration by the Pro-Catholic Civil Rights movement, to protest over the shooting of 13 civilians in Londonderry. Later the marchers avoided the town centre of Newry and held instead a peaceful protest meeting in a meadow. (AP Photo)
Ref #: PA.10462311

A British paratrooper takes a young girl in his arms to comfort her after she had been hurt in the bomb blast in Donegal Street, Belfast. Ref #: PA.1666851  Date: 20/03/1972

A British paratrooper takes a young girl in his arms to comfort her after she had been hurt in the bomb blast in Donegal Street, Belfast.
Ref #: PA.1666851
Date: 20/03/1972

Members of the Irish Republican Army, unseen, watched by local children and British soldiers, lead a parade past a British Army observation post before arriving at Milltown Cemetery in the Falls Road area of west Belfast, Northern Ireland, April 1, 1972. Milltown Cemetery is Belfast's Catholic cemetery where the IRA bury their dead. (AP Photo/Michel Lipchitz) Ref #: PA.8627246

Members of the Irish Republican Army, unseen, watched by local children and British soldiers, lead a parade past a British Army observation post before arriving at Milltown Cemetery in the Falls Road area of west Belfast, Northern Ireland, April 1, 1972. Milltown Cemetery is Belfast’s Catholic cemetery where the IRA bury their dead. (AP Photo/Michel Lipchitz)
Ref #: PA.8627246

A British soldier stands guard in a Londonderry Street on following a bomb outrage near the city centre in April 1972. (AP Photo) Ref #: PA.10990759

A British soldier stands guard in a Londonderry Street on following a bomb outrage near the city centre in April 1972. (AP Photo)
Ref #: PA.10990759

British troops tidy out their defense position in the centre of Londonderry, Northern Ireland in April 1972. (AP Photo/Michel Lipchitz) Ref #: PA.11197851

British troops tidy out their defense position in the centre of Londonderry, Northern Ireland in April 1972. (AP Photo/Michel Lipchitz)
Ref #: PA.11197851

 General Sir Robert Ford, Britain's Commander of Land Forces in Northern Ireland, pictured on July 3, 1972, in Belfast.

General Sir Robert Ford, Britain’s Commander of Land Forces in Northern Ireland, pictured on July 3, 1972, in Belfast.

British troops stand guard on a beach near Belfast, Northern Ireland's capital in July 1972, as local families bath in the sea. (AP Photo/Peter Kemp) Ref #: PA.11384803

British troops stand guard on a beach near Belfast, Northern Ireland’s capital in July 1972, as local families bath in the sea. (AP Photo/Peter Kemp)
Ref #: PA.11384803

Catholic youths throw stones and gasoline bombs at British troops, Aug.12,1979. Rioting broke out after the British troops appeared at an afternnoon rally in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (AP Photo/Peter Kemp) Ref #: PA.2492369

Catholic youths throw stones and gasoline bombs at British troops, Aug.12,1979. Rioting broke out after the British troops appeared at an afternnoon rally in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (AP Photo/Peter Kemp)
Ref #: PA.2492369

A man hurls missiles at an overturned bread delivery van that was set afire in the Bogside district of Londonderry, Northern Ireland in August 1979. Fresh disorders in the troubled province marked the tenth anniversary of British army intervention in the area. (AP Photo/Peter Kemp) Ref #: PA.11408251

A man hurls missiles at an overturned bread delivery van that was set afire in the Bogside district of Londonderry, Northern Ireland in August 1979. Fresh disorders in the troubled province marked the tenth anniversary of British army intervention in the area. (AP Photo/Peter Kemp)
Ref #: PA.11408251

A British soldier with a rifle guards a road outside of Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1976. (AP Photo) Ref #: PA.11224982

A British soldier with a rifle guards a road outside of Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1976. (AP Photo)
Ref #: PA.11224982

Shoppers in Belfast, Northern Ireland go about their business with almost total indifference to a British Army street patrol in 1976. (AP Photo) Ref #: PA.11032241

Shoppers in Belfast, Northern Ireland go about their business with almost total indifference to a British Army street patrol in 1976. (AP Photo)
Ref #: PA.11032241

Northern Ireland Troubles

British soldier keeps vigil at a vantage point overlooking the Belfast Docks in Northern Ireland in February 1975. (AP Photo) Ref #: PA.10990786

British soldier keeps vigil at a vantage point overlooking the Belfast Docks in Northern Ireland in February 1975. (AP Photo)
Ref #: PA.10990786

British troops stand guard as bomb experts search through the wreckage after a terrorist bomb had wrecked the ground floor on the Luxury Belfast Europa Hotel in Northern Ireland’s capital in 1975. (AP Photo) Ref #: PA.10766315

British troops stand guard as bomb experts search through the wreckage after a terrorist bomb had wrecked the ground floor on the Luxury Belfast Europa Hotel in Northern Ireland’s capital in 1975. (AP Photo)
Ref #: PA.10766315

British troops prepare to move an overturned and wrecked car, used as a barricade in Newtownwards Road in Belfast, capital of Northern Ireland in May 1974, during the strike called by members of the Ulster Workers Council. (AP Photo) Ref #: PA.10990748

British troops prepare to move an overturned and wrecked car, used as a barricade in Newtownwards Road in Belfast, capital of Northern Ireland in May 1974, during the strike called by members of the Ulster Workers Council. (AP Photo)
Ref #: PA.10990748

Belfast city center is cleared on Feb. 3, 1973, so that British Army bomb disposal experts could de-fuse a bomb placed on this tanker, at right, containing 4,000 gallons of petrol. The bomb was safely made harmless and life returned to what is normal for Belfast, Northern Ireland. (AP Photo) Ref #: PA.10778618

Belfast city center is cleared on Feb. 3, 1973, so that British Army bomb disposal experts could de-fuse a bomb placed on this tanker, at right, containing 4,000 gallons of petrol. The bomb was safely made harmless and life returned to what is normal for Belfast, Northern Ireland. (AP Photo)
Ref #: PA.10778618

THE TROUBLES 1973: British troops of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders with armoured cars in the city of Belfast in Northern Ireland on routine patrol. Ref #: PA.1243345

THE TROUBLES 1973: British troops of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders with armoured cars in the city of Belfast in Northern Ireland on routine patrol.
Ref #: PA.1243345

A stop and search operation on the Craigavon bridge over the River Foyle, here this morning, as traffic is allowed back into the city after yesterday's massive 'Operation Motorman' by the British Army. Ref #: PA.7427696

A stop and search operation on the Craigavon bridge over the River Foyle, here this morning, as traffic is allowed back into the city after yesterday’s massive ‘Operation Motorman’ by the British Army.
Ref #: PA.7427696

A quiet night in Belfast - Cpl Roger Soames of Aylesbury, Bucks., and Marine Thomas Taylor of Accrington, Lancs., both of Royal marine 40 Squadron Commandos, keep watch from the newly established post on the roof of Artillery Flats in the New Lodge Road area of Belfast at dawn today. Ref #: PA.5943873  Date: 01/08/1972

A quiet night in Belfast – Cpl Roger Soames of Aylesbury, Bucks., and Marine Thomas Taylor of Accrington, Lancs., both of Royal marine 40 Squadron Commandos, keep watch from the newly established post on the roof of Artillery Flats in the New Lodge Road area of Belfast at dawn today.
Ref #: PA.5943873
Date: 01/08/1972

 

Soldiers search among the wreckage of a building in the Shankhill Road area of Belfast, Northern Ireland on Thursday, August 17, 1972 after a bomb had destroyed a bar and other nearby buildings. (AP Photo/Heinz Ducklau) Ref #: PA.11867666  Date: 17/08/1972

Soldiers search among the wreckage of a building in the Shankhill Road area of Belfast, Northern Ireland on Thursday, August 17, 1972 after a bomb had destroyed a bar and other nearby buildings. (AP Photo/Heinz Ducklau)
Ref #: PA.11867666
Date: 17/08/1972

 

Ferret armoured cars of the British Army Ref #: PA.7427666  Date: 31/07/1972

Ferret armoured cars of the British Army
Ref #: PA.7427666
Date: 31/07/1972

A British soldier, and residents of Alliance Parade, Belfast, Northern Ireland, examine the remains of a car bomb which severely damaged their homes in Belfast on July 14, 1972. (AP Photo/Peter Kemp) Ref #: PA.10778610

A British soldier, and residents of Alliance Parade, Belfast, Northern Ireland, examine the remains of a car bomb which severely damaged their homes in Belfast on July 14, 1972. (AP Photo/Peter Kemp)
Ref #: PA.10778610

An injured soldier is dragged away by his comrades during a riot in the Falls Road, Belfast, on the first day of Queen Elizabeth II's Silver Jubilee visit to Northern Ireland. Ref #: PA.11734482  Date: 10/08/1977

An injured soldier is dragged away by his comrades during a riot in the Falls Road, Belfast, on the first day of Queen Elizabeth II’s Silver Jubilee visit to Northern Ireland.
Ref #: PA.11734482
Date: 10/08/1977

 

GRENADIER GUARDS CAPTAIN ROBERT NAIRAC TALKING TO CHILDREN IN THE ARDOYNE AREA OF BELFAST IN FEBRUARY 1977. NAIRAC WAS EXECUTED BY THE FIRST BATTALION OF THE IRA AFTER DISAPPEARING IN DRUMINTREE.

GRENADIER GUARDS CAPTAIN ROBERT NAIRAC TALKING TO CHILDREN IN THE ARDOYNE AREA OF BELFAST IN FEBRUARY 1977. NAIRAC WAS EXECUTED BY THE FIRST BATTALION OF THE IRA AFTER DISAPPEARING IN DRUMINTREE.

 

PA NEWS PHOTO 20/11/79 PRINCE CHARLES WEARING A REGIMENTAL TAM O' SHANTER, TALKING WITH MEN OF THE 1ST BATTALION GORDON HIGHLANDERS AT ARMAGH DURING A SURPRISE SIX HOUR VISIT TO NORTHERN IRELAND. Ref #: PA.1128119

PA NEWS PHOTO 20/11/79 PRINCE CHARLES WEARING A REGIMENTAL TAM O’ SHANTER, TALKING WITH MEN OF THE 1ST BATTALION GORDON HIGHLANDERS AT ARMAGH DURING A SURPRISE SIX HOUR VISIT TO NORTHERN IRELAND.
Ref #: PA.1128119

  • Joe Blackrat

    Ref #: PA.7427666 These are SARACEN armoured vehicles, NOT Ferrets.

  • Robert Soar

    As Joe says the vehicles described as Ferrets are Saracen armoured personnel carriers. Aferret is a 2 person, four wheeled armoured car. The vehicles described earlier as armoured cars are Humber “Pigs” – smaller armoured personnel carriers. The wedding couple pictured as being in the back of a truck are in the back of a Humber Pig. Otherwise – great photos!

  • GEORGEfromdaSHANKILL

    THE WORLDS ELITE THE BRITISH ARMED FORCES

    • jmac1111

      as long as they are killing innocents and unarmed Catholics….that’s why the US had to save their asses in WWII

      • margaret

        Im british and proud of it!

        • jmac1111

          proud to be British which throughout history was the most racist government ever…you got kicked out of Africa, Asia, got you royal asses handed to you by rag tag farmers in the American Revolution so all your left with is the Malvinas in Argentina and the north of Ireland..but that’s changing too as it did everywhere else your Brits went and invaded and took over what wasn’t theirs….the Empire is dead in case you haven’t heard and the worlds richest welfare recipients (your so called royal family) days are done as well….. I bet you are an Ian Paisley fan

          • Dougie Sumner Jnr

            u obvioulsy don’t know your BRITISH HISTORY…you will find it was part of DECOLONISATION…suggest you go and get an EDUCATION!…and the FALKLANDS is a BOT, they GOVERN themselves, and last i saw, have NO WISH to be GOVERNED by a tin pot country like Argentina, also VOTED overwhelmingly to stay BRITISH…funny that, just like NORTHERN IRELAND..a funny thing called DEMOCRACY.. Been no Empire since DECOLINISATION in 45 ..MORON..you must be another typical dumb ass argie

          • jmac1111

            hey the funny part is that they haven’t had a referendum on the unity issue since 1973…and I guess you didn’t lose the revolutionary War here in the States either as you say it was decolonization…lmao..that’s hysterical..get you asses kicked and you call it decolonization…bottom line id the “empire” got handed their asses on every continent and all they have left are the Malvinas and the north of IRELAND…suggest you get man education and strop supporting the largest and richest welfare family in the world..your royal shit family..and as far as the Malivinas being a BOT I do believe that the B stands for British meaning the Brits control their defense and forign affairs…you are obviously a fucking idiot Brit with bad teeth and no education..BTW not an Argentinian at all but nice try…proud Irish American whose forefathers kicked the shit out of Cornwallis and the rest of you pigs..no go hide because decolonization is nothing more than putting your tails between your legs and running back to England because you were not wanted anymore..call it what you want but the bottom line is you got your asses handed to you everywhere which is why us Yanks had to save your asses in a couple of wars…and why don’t they have a new referendum in the north?????? because the minority is now equal to the scummy Orangemen

          • Dougie Sumner Jnr

            lol typical a dumb ass Yank, arrived LATE in both Wars,and hasn’t won a Conflict since 1945,got yer arse kicked in Vietnam, and kicked out out of SE Asia, no fucker likes yer..and i am not British..amusing , the more you talk, the more of an ass you are..but that’s typical of Irish Americans..lol..

          • jmac1111

            hey asswipe stop with the you aren’t a Brit…you are a Brit and a Queen loving , royal family ass kissing jerk off…..your picture clearly shows your affinity for the union jack so stop the lying….and as far as getting in the wars late WE SAVED YOUR SORRY ASSES you dumb fucking rotten toothed Brit asshole….if we hadn’t gotten into either of those wars you would be talimg German and eating schnitzel because its been centuries since you dicks won any war…still butthurt over Washington and his band of farmers kicking the crowns sorry ass…LMAO

          • jmac1111

            and as far as not being a Brit then you are an Aussie whose monarch is still the Queen so you are a Brit and they dictate what you do asshole….that’s why the union jack is on your flag…but keep ignoring that fact..the Brits used you assholes to do their dirty work..remember Gallipoli..now who is the dumb fuck..oh right its you

          • Frank Gray

            you really are a nasty piece of shit aren’t you?? go crawl back into the sewer from whence you came Twat.

          • Frank Gray

            you are still the dickhead trying to call me a liar shit for brains, you live in the USA so you have no affinity with the true people of the republic of Ireland, go and talk your shit to someone who gives a flying fuck about your stupid opinion, you are nothing but an attention seeking prick with nothing better to do than TROLL with your BILE and VOMIT Comments. in short you are nothing but a FUCKWIT!!

          • Frank Gray

            I bet you are a Martin Maguiness MURDERER fan dipstick?? you really have been brainwashed by the IRA Terrorists haven’t you?? how very sad that you can’t see the good in your own country instead of Cyber bullying other people who would not or even could not ever listen to your Bullshit. Grow up you idiot and smell the shit you are shovelling here.

          • Joe Mack

            and you really are a dumb no thought of your own Brit piece of shit…. the English have slaughtered millions of innocents in the name of the crown…care to go over Churchills role in the starvation of millions of Bengalis…how about him creating the Black and Tans and setting them on the Irish civilians…you dont even know your own history you fucking Queen loving piece of garbage

          • Frank Gray

            same stupid prick Living in the past I am no Lover of royalty for your information, and I am Scottish not British so don’t get me started on shit that happened in the past because none of that shit was done in my name. grow the fuck up and get over yourself you sad Bastard.

          • Joe Mack

            talk about stupid pricks…Scotland is part of Great Britain hence you are British you ignorant wanker you…. you bow to the Queen and she is the titular head of Scotland….you are so dumb its easy to mess with you because of that ignorance..” i am Scottish not British” what a line and what proof of your utter stupidity… so yes all of the historical atrocities were committed in your name you idiot Brit…. i can do this in my sleep when its done against a pea brain Scotty such as yourself..now got eat some haggis and ponder how badly i embarassed you and your ignorance

          • Frank Gray

            talk about even stupider pricks, northern Ireland is part of Great Britain therefore you are fucking British too Dickhead, is that the best comeback you can come up with when you don’t even live in your own country you total fucking ameoba. Like I said go crawl back into the sewer where shit like you belongs.

          • Joe Mack

            no dickhead my family is from Cork which is in the Republic of Ireland and not the stolen 6 counties in the North….and as far as stupid i have shown you to be a liar and an idiot who doesn’t even know his own country is British.. so lets review.. you said no Catholics were killed while you served and i proved that wrong…you said you were not British but Scottish even though Scotland is part of the British Empire so i proved you wrong there as well and lastly you said i was Catholic without a shred of proof…now that kind of shows you to be the total ignorant asshole…i bet the only serving you did was on your knees blowing the soldiers…you are a stupid ignorant piece of shit that just gets deeper and deeper in shit every time you type something..now fuck off imbecile and go read a book (if you can even read)

  • margaret

    I remember the soldiers where i live. I used to see them on patrol when i was 9 yr old child. In my teens remember people calling the sarcens pigs as a nick name. I was born british. So i class them as our soldiers. So i felt safe when they were here so sad some where murdered. Its heartbreaking for thier familys.

    • jmac1111

      but I guess it was ok when they murdered innocent Catholics…I guess you don’t think their families weren’t heartbroken….. they did not belong there and they ignored Protestant terror

      • margaret

        You for real ! Who blew up city centre . They had better housing than the protestants ever did. I couldnt get a job because of the school i went to. Many protestants had heartbroken familys mine included. So dont bullshit me. Im not bios. But lets face it. . Unless you grew up in befast you havnt a clue. So get your facts right! Idiot!

        • jmac1111

          Margaret screw you and your bullshit…the fact is that in 6 Irish counties in the north unemployment among Catholics has always been 8x that of Protestants..Don’t let facts get in the way of your BS…I guess you ignore the Shankill butchers or the UVF or any of the many other state sanctioned protestant terrorist groups…. get your facts right you ignorant piece of garbage.. heartbreak what a crock..you Prods have been killing Catholic Irish for hundreds of years

        • jmac1111

          I guess Bloody Sunday never happened either…must have been heartbreaking for the killer pigs from the British (not Irish) invading forces to shoot innocent kids

          • Frank Gray

            Again get your facts right before spouting your BILE!! although I disagree with what happened on bloody Sunday, the truth is had those Rioters not been there then they would not have been shot, they put themselves into the Line of fire and danger when there was no need for them to do so. you really need to get over yourself you sad hateful terrorist Loving Idiot.

        • jmac1111

          the Catholics had better housing….stop doing drugs you ignorant sow..the Prods had all the good and the Catholics nothing..or are you going to ignore the deacdes of 85% unemployment for Catholics….

      • margaret

        Is it okay inoncent protestants were murdered? Cry me a river. Get your history right before posting. Now dont reply to me!

        • jmac1111

          hey Margaret screw you…how is that for a reply and for the record you need to check out your history before posting you ignorant azz..

          • Frank Gray

            oh and for the record I was a Catholic at the time. Muppet.

          • Joe Mack

            again bullshit… you are as Catholic as Ian Paisley

          • Frank Gray

            yeah because I saw the Catholic faith for the peadophile Scum that they were, using the Catholic faith to sexually abuse Kids, so you can stick your Catholic faith right up your arse where it belongs, and every other made up religion for that matter, you call yourself Catholic and you write the utter sewer shite that you do, you are nothing but a Cyber Bullying Fuck with nothing better to do, go and crawl back into the sewer where you obviously belong.
            you want to take me on DIPSHIT then bring it on.

          • Joe Mack

            oh poor butthurt Frankie cant get anything right…where did i say i was a Catholic..i am merely defending the Catholics in the north who were harassed and abused and murdered for decades by the Brits and their lackeys like UVF etc…..you want to take me on bring facts asswipe otherwise fuck off and go bow to your Queen

          • Frank Gray

            Nice try dickface, you think you are the king of comebacks when in reality you are just some cheap Butt dropping ( Shite ) trying to think you are the worlds best Bully, all you are is Gutter trash with no life, and trust me no one needs you to stick up for them least of all the Catholics Dipshit.

          • Joe Mack

            when dealing with a cunt like you who has no grasp of history and who spews bullshit for facts i feel compelled to call you out…funny how you have not countered any of my facts about your bullshit with anything but insults…you sheep shagging queen ass kissing dumb fuck… try to come back with facts but i know that’s impossible for a pea brain cunt like yourself

        • jmac1111

          typical Brit trying to tell people what to do…not with me you pig

      • Frank Gray

        you truly are an IRA Terrorist supporter still living in the past, I was a soldier in Belfast in 1974/5 and the only trouble we ever got was from the Catholic community and the IRA Terrorists, we did not ignore violence from either side so you are sadly mistaken. and for the record no Innocent Catholic was Killed while I was there, but the IRA Terrorist’s Murdered many innocent civilians.

        • Joe Mack

          you are so full of shit its not funny…you were part of the occupying force that slaughtered innocent Catholics…i guess the Catholic unemployment rate of 65% was a lie too… the RUC was filled with UVF supporters and i guess the Shankill butchers another Protestant terrorist group was ok in your book…. the IRA were there to protect the Catholics from the RUC and British Army…
          May 7th: A Catholic husband and wife are shot dead by UVF gunmen as they drove into their home in Donaghmore, County Tyrone
          May 17th: Loyalists attempt to sabotage the Sunningdale Agreement by detonating four car bombs during rush hour in Dublin and Monaghan, Republic of Ireland. The blasts kill 33 and injure more than 260. The UVF claims responsibility for the bombings in 1993.
          June 22nd: A 19-year-old British soldier fires on a civilian in Strabane, killing him. The soldier is later charged with murder and manslaughter but acquitted.
          July: Red Hand Commandos bomb 14 different Catholic pubs in 14 days, killing one and injuring 100.
          those are some of the murderd Catholics that you say never happened….fucking wanker you

          • Frank Gray

            again living in the past dickhead, where are all the disgusting so called IRA atrocities?? do you think the world is blind to the shit that you fuckers did and called it freedom fighting, you sad disgusting little man, do us all a fucking favour and fuck off, you are not welcome DIPSHIT.

          • Joe Mack

            hey sheep shagger i did not list IRA atrocities because i didn’t say they didn’t commit any…i am merely posting some of the violence perpetrated against the Catholics during your time there when you ignorantly said no attacks against the Catholics occurred…so either you are a total fucking idiot (probably) or you are just a d bag liar (probably true as well)…so again bring facts you schemie you

          • Frank Gray

            hey shit for Brains the IRA comiited the worst atrocities in Northern Ireland and there is no denying that, but when I did my tour all that shit was in the past, the only atrocities that I witnessed were Carried out by the IRA Terrorists including the Bombing of a Kiddies Toy shop, so you need to read up on your fucking history you SCUMBAG and you get a rise out of me HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA that is never going to happen, you are too thick to get one over on me.

          • Joe Mack

            hey scumbag you didn’t serve number 1 and number 2 try and read what i posted as the atrocities committed against the Catholics that i showed were done when you were supposedly there (remember you said no Catholics were killed when you were there) and the only thing you did on tour was blowing the soldiers…again I say get a fucking education you fucking sheep shagger… BTW you are the one shitting yourself because every point you made i proved wrong so fuck off scumbag and try to not let this keep you up at night… dumb fucking Queen loving jerk off

          • Frank Gray

            HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA You Seriously STUPID ARSE BOIL you just can’t help opening that STUPID GOB of yours and allow the Bullshit to pour out can you?? HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA

  • Bob Cole

    The last but one picture of Capt Robert Nairac says he was executed. Wrong! He was murdered

    • Gerard Rooney

      True, yes the word and the act was Murder. RIP

  • margaret

    Theres peace here in northern ireland which is a good thing. Better for our children. And thier children. So let the past stay in the past for all concerned. And always remember all the innocent peope who lost thier lives.

  • Eddie Quist

    The IRA destroyed Ye Fuckers