Warrenpoint ambush

Warrenpoint Ambush

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The Warrenpoint ambushBowyer Bell, John: The IRA, 1968-2000: Analysis of a Secret Army. Taylor & Francis, 2000. p. 305. ISBN 0714681199Faligot, Roger: Britain's Military Strategy in Ireland: The Kitson Experiment. Zed Press, 1983, p. 142. ISBN 086232047XEllison, Graham, and Smyth, Jim: The Crowned Harp: Policing Northern Ireland. Pluto Press, 2000, p. 145. ISBN 0745313930 or the Warrenpoint massacre — BBC News On This Day feature was a guerrilla assault by the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) on 27 August 1979. The IRA attacked a British Army convoy with two large bombs at Narrow Water Castle (near Warrenpoint), Northern Ireland. It resulted in the British Army's greatest loss of life in a single incident during the Troubles in Northern Ireland, with 18 soldiers being killed.


First explosion

At 16:40, an Army convoy consisting of one Land Rover and two four-ton trucks was driving past Narrow Water Castle on the A2 road. As it passed, a fertiliser bomb, hidden in a lorry loaded with strawbales and parked close to the castle, was detonated by remote control. The explosion caught the rear truck in the convoy, killing six members of 2nd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment.

After the first explosion, the soldiers, believing that they had come under attack from...
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