Principles of Minimum Force and the Parachute Regiment in Northern Ireland, 1969–1972

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Sanders, A. 2016. Principles of Minimum Force and the Parachute Regiment in Northern Ireland, 1969–1972. Journal of Strategic Studies. 41 (5), pp. 1-26. https://doi.org/10.1080/01402390.2016.1176917
AuthorsSanders, A.
Abstract

Developing literature on Operation Banner, the codename for the British military operation in Northern Ireland, has indicated that the conduct of soldiers deployed was not always in line with principles of minimum force. Adherence to these principles would seem to have been essential to the success of the operation given the initial deployment of the soldiers was in the role of military aid to the civil power. This article will examine the role of one of the British Army’s most aggressive units, the Parachute Regiment, and will show how the responses of the regiment to the demands of the operation in Northern Ireland were frequently in contravention of minimum force principles.

KeywordsMinimum force; Northern Ireland; Terrorism; Counterinsurgency; Parachute Regiment
Year2016
JournalJournal of Strategic Studies
Journal citation41 (5), pp. 1-26
PublisherRoutledge - Taylor and Francis
ISSN1743-937X
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/01402390.2016.1176917
Web address (URL)https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/01402390.2016.1176917
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