in 1972, a former comrade pointed out the events were not so long after Aden and that a hard core within the battalion still talked freely about the things they had done there. The soldiers also lived in a state of terror caused by the sheer venom directed towards them and the constant danger they were exposed to. The impact of this pressure is, perhaps, best captured by a former marine from 45 Commando, Adidas Originals Gazelle Og Maroon/White as he describes his third tour in the Province in 1981. "The days and nights began to merge into an adrenalin fuelled nightmare of incidents, reaction, fear and fatigue. There was no let up.
"The publication of Times of Troubles (Edinburgh Unive.
"Those who were veterans of colonial conflicts were schooled in aggressive counter insurgency tactics. Some of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders had served with Lt Col Colin Mitchell, AKA Mad Mitch, who, in July 1967, marched his men into the Crater area of Aden (from where they'd been driven by insurgents) as 15 regimental pipers played Scotland the Brave. The strong arm methods he used to keep the peace there were so notorious one offical referred to the regiment as "those Glasgow thugs. "After two sergeants from the Argylls, John Byrne and Stanley Hathaway, were found guilty of murdering two Catholic men, Michael Naan and Andrew Murray, on a farm at Newtonbutler, Adidas Gazelle Mens Trainers Grey
ies had a range of perspectives on the Troubles. Some did undoubtedly have Orange sympathies. According to Wood and Sanders, one member of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders made contact with the UDA while on duty in Northern Ireland and on leaving the Army began to co ordinate fundraising activities for the loyalist paramilitary group in west central Scotland. But others who shared the same urban or rural backgrounds as their supposed enemies could empathise with them. "Once, on the basis of RUC intelligence reports, we arrested a dairy farmer very early in the morning before he had milked his cows," Brigadier Ian Gardiner, who grew up in rural Ayrshire, later wrote. "He was in a great Adidas Gazelle Indoor Black Zest
Sleep became rarer, it was hard to stay alert. What had at first been exciting, had simply become ugly and dangerous," he wrote. The most significant lesson learned during the Troubles Wood and Sanders say was the need to understand the geographical and political context of each new conflict. "[The Army] learned you can't take one model and plonk it down wherever you like, you have to really understand the local dimension," says Sanders, who is John Moore Newman research fellow at University College Dublin. "Soldiers were coming fresh from Aden where they'd basically been allowed to bash people over the head. In Northern Ireland they were dealing with British people. That meant the role they had to adopt was one of community policing not counter insurgency. They learned you can't keep fighting the Adidas Gazelle Shoes Uk
state about that and his wife was distraught. My father was a farmer and I could see what we had done. We left a family traumatised. I don't even know if he was a player or was ever charged with anything.
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