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The Northern Ireland Archives: The Long War

Panorama has reported from Northern Ireland from the early days of the civil rights movement in 1968, through over 30 years of the Troubles to the more peaceful situation of today.

You can watch abridged moments from one of those films below.

With the IRA continuing its' Long War strategy, Panorama reported, in January 1976, from the staunchly Catholic border region of South Armagh on how the British army was coping

At the height of the unrest, in 1972, there were around 27,000 soldiers in Northern Ireland.

From the mid-1970s onwards the IRA, realising a British Army of such large numbers would be impossible to beat head-on, reorganised for a "long war" where small cells of members would carry out a war of attrition against the British Army and its perceived supporters in an attempt to exhaust their opponents.

It was against this backdrop that Panorama reported, in January 1976, from the staunchly Catholic border region of South Armagh - an IRA stronghold - on how the British army was coping with attacks and the policing of the region known as "Bandit Country".



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