In 1969, British soldiers were ordered into the streets of riot-torn Belfast, their task to form a disciplined human buffer between two warring communities inspired by a centuries-old fear and hatred.
They had seen such scenes before, and had been stoned, shouted at, and fired upon from both sides - during the British 'retreat from empire' in the preceding two decades. But now the troubles were in the United Kingdom itself - on their own doorsteps. As the level of conflict escalated, so the role of the peacekeepers became increasingly dangerous: bricks were followed by petrol bombs, mines and even rockets. Civilians died; so too did soldiers. The hostilities did not cease, nor have they since. The fear and mutual hatred, legacy of centuries of suspicion and resentment, remain to this day. And between the two communities still stands the British soldier, carrying on with a job few armies are trained to handle.
The book is generally in very good condition, with only slight creasing and bumping present around the front and back covers, and some foxing marks present along the top edge of the pages and the inside of the cover jacket. The text and monochrome illustrations inside are all of excellent quality.