Stories of the Men and Women of 8th (Co Tyrone) Battalion, Ulster Defence Regiment
Author : Anthony Leask
Not yet published - in Autumn 2020 list
General - Pages : 248 | Images : 29 b/w photos, 10 b/w maps
Hardback - Size : 234mm x 156mm | ISBN : 9781913336813 | Helion Book Code : HEL1292
The men and women who served in the Ulster Defence Regiment 1970-1992 were truly remarkable because they made a commitment that was open ended. They put their lives and those of their families at risk in the service of our Country for as long as it would take to return Northern Ireland to normality. They were at risk every minute of every day, every day of every week, and every week of every year. There was no let up.
In this book fifty men and women of one battalion, the 8th, tell stories of their service and the incidents they were involved in – in their own words. Anthony Leask has brought them all together and provided both an overview and a context in a book that is much more than a military history; it is a very compelling read. Everyone who served in the Security Forces during the years of ‘The Troubles’ will be able to relate in some way to these stories.
Others will make their own judgements on these events. In this battalion the price was very high; remember this is our Country where living in peace with our neighbours is normality. In telling their stories now these men and women hope that every reader will pause and reflect with them on a period in our history that should not and must not be repeated.