Stuart Griffiths
Operation Gypsy: Tyrone

Many years after 1992, a former British soldier told me ‘Operation Gypsy' [Operational name for the 1992 Tyrone tour] hindered the British policy of police primacy in Northern Ireland and it was the only tour in the history of the Northern Ireland troubles where a British Army Brigadier was disciplined. “No wonder you cannot find anything” the former soldier said. “That tour caused tons of shit to hit the fan which caused political reverberations in London and Dublin” he added  “people like you and I, at the bottom of the scurvy military food chain never had a clue what was going at the time because we were too busy getting stoned from living like sewer rats”.

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