Provisional Irish Republican Army arms importation

Provisional Irish Republican Army Arms Importation

Provisional Irish Republican Army arms importation

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The Provisional Irish Republican Army began importing large quantities of weapons and ammunition into the Republic of Ireland for use in Northern Ireland in the early 1970s. With these weapons it conducted an armed campaign against the British presence in Northern Ireland.War in the Shadows: The Guerrilla in History Volume 2 by Robert B. Asprey (ISBN 978-0595225941), page 1125Global Geopolitics: A Critical Introduction by Klaus Dodds (ISBN 978-0273686095), page 205British Civilization by John Oakland (ISBN 978-0415261500), page 108

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In the early stages of the Troubles, during the period 1969–1971, the Provisional IRA (IRA) was very poorly armed. They had access to weapons remaining from the IRA's failed Border Campaign between 1956 and 1962, but these weapons were outdated and unsuitable for a modern campaign.

After 1969, and the split with the Official IRA, the IRA gained control over a majority of the stockpiled weaponry still held from previous IRA campaigns. They found that the stockpiles consisted mostly of World War II small arms ranging from Lee Enfield & M1 Garand rifles, to MP40 & Thompson submachine guns (SMG), plus Bren light machine guns (LMG) and Webley revolvers.

To continue and escalate their armed campaign, the IRA needed to be better equipped, which meant securing modern small...
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