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Since the emergence of the terrorist bombing campaign in Northern Ireland in 1969, the dreadful atrocities committed by both nationalist and loyalist paramilitary groups against civilian and military targets in the province have regularly made news headlines throughout the UK, and on occasions, across the world. Behind these headlines there is the story of the Army's bomb disposal operators and how they have worked bravely and tirelessly to defuse terrorist bombs before they can kill and maim. The Army has battled to keep abreast of the terrorists in the constantly evolving environment of booby trap bombs, ambushes and radio-controlled devices. Sometimes the operators have been lucky, but on occasions they have paid with their lives while attempting to defuse a bomb. Despite the Peace Process, terrorist bombing attacks continue in Northern Ireland, albeit at a much reduced level of intensity. At the same time there is a rapid proliferation of terrorism internationally. The Army's bomb disposal operators continue to fight the dissident terrorists in Ulster, but are already having to enter the worldwide 'War on Terror'.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780750942058
ISBN-10: 0750942053
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x 10mm)
Pages: 272
Imprint: Sutton Publishing Ltd
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Publish Date: 16-Feb-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Steve Smith

Colonel STEVE SMITH MBE is a serving Army officer and currently commands the bomb disposal school for all three Services. Prior to his present appointment he controlled the UK's counter-terrorist bomb disposal response worldwide for three years. In the early 1980s he was a bomb disposal operator in Belfast. Steve Smith was awarded the MBE in 1993 for his work in Northern Ireland.

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