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MOST books written about the IRA have centred on their complex political motivation. Oppenheimer chooses instead to focus on the aggressive tactics of the Provos and the chaos wreaked by their weapon of choice the IED. He wastes no time in comparing the development of the IRA s tactics to those of Al Qaeda and predicts the almost inevitable transition to the IED when faced by superior force. A sobering book which serves as a timely reminder that, when it comes to IEDs, we ve been there before. Capt David Greaves, REME --Soldier Magazine
The author is to be commended on a vivid description of this era and has used his knowledge and experience to express an in depth review of the history and workings of the IRA. This book is a must read. --Derick Ivany, The Detonator
The book is well worth reading by anyone interested in the current war on terror to understand how a terror campaign works and how it can be tackled. --David Hambling, Saoirse32
As a leading expert on non-conventional weapons and explosives, the author focuses on the bombs and explosives and shows how the IRA became the most adept and experienced insurgency group the world has ever seen through their bombing expertise and how - after generations of conflict - it all came to an end. The book is a comprehensive account of more than 150 years of Irish republican strategic, tactical, and operational details and analysis covering the IRA's mission, doctrine, targeting, and acquisition of weapons and explosives. Oppenheimer also colourfully presents the story behind the bombs; those who built and deployed them, those who had to deal with and dismantle them, and those who suffered or died from them. He analyses where, how, and why the IRA's bombs were built, targeted and deployed and explores what the IRA was hoping to accomplish in its unrivalled campaign of violence and insurgency through covert acquisition, training, intelligence and counter-intelligence. The book focuses entirely on the IRA's bombing campaign - beginning with the Fenian 'Dynamiters' in the 19th century up to the decommissioning of an arsenal big enough to arm several battalions - which included an entire home-crafted missile system, an unsurpassed range of improvised explosive devices, and enough explosives to blow up several urban centres. The author scrutinises the level of improvisation in what became the hallmark of the Provisional IRA in its pioneering IED timing, delay and disguise technologies. He follows the arms race it carried on with the British Army and security services in a Long War of Mutual Assured Disruption. Oppenheimer fully describes and assesses the impact of the pre-1970s bombing campaigns in Northern Ireland and England to the evolution of strategies and tactics. He also provides an insight into the bombing equipment and guns from the IRA inventory held at Irish Police HQ in Dublin.
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