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Ira - The Bombs and the Bullets A History of Deadly Ingenuity

ISBN-10: 0716528959
ISBN-13: 9780716528951
Edition: 2008
List price: $32.95
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Description: As a leading expert on non-conventional weapons and explosives, the author focuses on the bombs and explosive~ and shows how the IRA became the most adept and experienced insurgency group the world has ever seen througt their bombing expertise and  More...

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Book details

List price: $32.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Irish Academic Press
Publication date: 11/6/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 287
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

As a leading expert on non-conventional weapons and explosives, the author focuses on the bombs and explosive~ and shows how the IRA became the most adept and experienced insurgency group the world has ever seen througt 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 colourfull) 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 lED 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.

Richard English is a primary mathematics tutor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Hull. Previously, he taught mathematics in primary and secondary schools in Hull and also worked as a mathematics advisory teacher. In recent years he has worked on a consultancy basis for the National Strategies and was involved in the early development of the mathematics specialist training programme, following the publication of the Williams Review in 2008.

Acknowledgements
Glossary
List of Tables
Foreword
Preface
Introduction
Armed Struggle: Evolving Strategies
Dynamiters to City Destroyers
Spectaculars: 'We have only to be lucky once'
Amassing the Arsenal
Explosives: From Gunpowder to Magic Marble
Deadly Ingenuity: The Bomb Technologies
Mortars: A Homemade Missile System
The Engineers: 'If you hit target, there was elation'
The Countermeasures Arms Race and the 'Long Walk'
Decommissioning: 'Not a bullet: not an ounce'
Conclusion: Is This the End?
Appendices
Bibliography
Index

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