A British Army soldier on lookout in the Falls Road area of Belfast.

Troops arrive in Northern Ireland at the start of Operation Banner

50 years ago today (August 14 1969) troops were deployed on the streets of Northern Ireland for what would become the British Army’s longest operational deployment

Fifty years ago this week, the first troops arrived in NI for start of Operation Banner

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Women and children leaning against a barricade on Davis Street refusing to move in their bid to prevent troops from dismantling it.

5. Northern Ireland - Falls Road Area Barricades

Women and children leaning against a barricade on Davis Street refusing to move in their bid to prevent troops from dismantling it.
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A Centurion tank demolishing a barricade on the Creggan Estate.

6. Northern Ireland - Operation Motorman

A Centurion tank demolishing a barricade on the Creggan Estate.
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The dawn scene in the Creggan Estate as a Centurian tank and an armoured troop carrier advance through the deserted streets. More than 2,000 men from four battalions backed by 600 vehicles went into destroy the barricades that have effectively cut off the Bogside and Creggan areas for nearly 3 years.

7. Northern Ireland - Operation Motorman

The dawn scene in the Creggan Estate as a Centurian tank and an armoured troop carrier advance through the deserted streets. More than 2,000 men from four battalions backed by 600 vehicles went into destroy the barricades that have effectively cut off the Bogside and Creggan areas for nearly 3 years.
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The army remove a burning lorry, one of the vehicles set on fire by a crowd of about 200 after an army scout car ran over and killed a five-year-old girl.

8. Belfast Riots

The army remove a burning lorry, one of the vehicles set on fire by a crowd of about 200 after an army scout car ran over and killed a five-year-old girl.
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