Operation Banner 1969 – 2007
The longest campaign of the British army to date and one of the few to reach a successful conclusion
It was a surreal afternoon that British troops first arrived in
At first, smiles, hugs, handshakes and cups of tea greeted the soldiers but the “honeymoon period” didn’t last long.
Within weeks they were being shot at and stoned, alleged informers were murdered and girls who began dating squaddies were tarred, feathered and tied to lamp posts. Worse was to follow. Operation Banner, especially after Bloody Sunday in
Eighteen British soldiers were killed in an IRA bomb attack at Warrenpoint, South Down, on
The encouraging sight today, now that the high protective barricades have been removed, of work going on to preserve the historic Napoleonic-time buildings and to landscape the sprawling riverside grounds of the former Ebrington Barracks in the waterside Londonderry symbolises to the passer-by the fact that times are changing.
But there were many brave people during Operation Banner, who gave their lives 763 in total who must never be forgotten by anyone