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WASTED YEARS, WASTED LIVES VOLUME 1: The British Army in Northern Ireland 1975-77
WASTED YEARS WASTED LIVES VOLUME 1 The British Army in Northern Ireland 1975-77 Author:Ken Wharton Over the past several years, Ken Wharton, himself a former soldier, has been prolific in his coverage of the Troubles, which spread their tentacles far from the streets, and fields of Northern Ireland. Over 4,000 people died in or as a consequence of them and it cost the lives of over 1,300 British soldiers - a fact which is unacknowledged by th... more »e MOD - and the lives of over 300 policemen and women. This is Ken's sixth book about the period and he draws on meticulous and detailed research, first-hand testimony of the soldiers who trod the same streets as himself, and an almost encyclopedic knowledge of the near 30-year period of murder, violence and civil war. The first-hand accounts help us to understand and examine the fears of the young soldiers who patrolled the dangerous streets of the Ardoyne and New Lodge, of Andersonstown, Turf Lodge and Ballymurphy and of the Creggan in Londonderry and the Derrybeg in Newry. He looks at the Loyalist paramilitaries and treats their sectarianism and mindless murder with the same contempt with which he treats the Republicans. He does not mince words about the Irish-Americans and their political stooges in the US Government, judicial system and the ordinary '7th generation Irishmen of the American East Coast.' This is a book not just for soldiers, but for anyone who wishes to look back and try to understand the madness inflicted upon several generations of innocent Irish and British people. In years to come, historians - both social and military - will reflect on this period of insanity with a greater knowledge than hitherto. If you wish to know how it felt to be an innocent sectarian victim, or an off-duty soldier or policeman or a young lad from Leeds, Liverpool or London hard targeting through the Lower Falls, then this book is a must read.
"Ken Wharton's remarkable work rolls on, a monumental feat of history writing."
Patrick Bishop, bestselling author of Bomber Boys and 3 Para
"The spirit of honour, brotherhood, superlative soldiering and true grit lives on in Ken Wharton's new volume about The Troubles. Read it - lest we forget those who made the ultimate sacrifice, fighting the scourge of terrorism across the water."
Damien Lewis, bestselling author of Zero 6 Bravo and Firestrike 7/9
"Ken Wharton captures the authentic voice of the British soldier at the height of what is generally known as the Irish Troubles but was in fact a war ... A master storyteller, he produces a rich and magnificent tapestry. Packed with new information and telling detail, Wasted Years is not just a gripping narrative but also an important contribution to military and Irish history."
Toby Harnden, bestselling author of Bandit Country: The IRA and South Armagh and Dead Men Risen: The Welsh Guards & the Defining Story of Britain's War in Afghanistan
"Nobody does Northern Ireland like Ken and nobody tries harder to tell the stories of the
men that soldiered and died, policed and patrolled, cried and bled, or lived and wept on the
Emerald Isle than he.
Steven McLaughlin, bestselling author of Squaddie
"... a powerful testament to the plain soldier of the British Army. That hero speaks out in these pages. He and she held the line during the dark years. Their victory, their courage and their humanity remind us that in human affairs, yes, sometimes the good guys really do win."
Kevin Myers, bestselling author of Watching the Door: Cheating Death in Belfast in the 70s« less