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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Soldiers from the Devonshire and Dorset regiment, erect razor wire in the fields surrounding Drumcree Church, Portadown, Co Armagh. The Orange church parade, which takes place tomorrow, has been banned from walking down the Catholic Garvaghy road after the church service.

9. The Ornage Church Parade Preparations

Soldiers from the Devonshire and Dorset regiment, erect razor wire in the fields surrounding Drumcree Church, Portadown, Co Armagh. The Orange church parade, which takes place tomorrow, has been banned from walking down the Catholic Garvaghy road after the church service.
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A British soldier on patrol in the Shankill road area of Belfast

10. Soldiers near Adair's house

A British soldier on patrol in the Shankill road area of Belfast
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Mr Edward Heath talking to British soldiers during his visit to Ebrington Barracks during his whistle-stop tour of Northern Ireland. Asked later whether he could see the day when British troops would be withdrawn from Northern Ireland Streets, he replied "That is what we are working towards."

11. Edward Heath in Northern Ireland

Mr Edward Heath talking to British soldiers during his visit to Ebrington Barracks during his whistle-stop tour of Northern Ireland. Asked later whether he could see the day when British troops would be withdrawn from Northern Ireland Streets, he replied "That is what we are working towards."
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General Robert Ford, GOC Land Forces Northern Ireland, pictured in the ainsworth Avenue area of Belfast

12. General Robert Ford

General Robert Ford, GOC Land Forces Northern Ireland, pictured in the ainsworth Avenue area of Belfast
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