British Troops on the Streets of Belfast during a Riot

© the artist's estate / Bridgeman Images. Image credit: National Army Museum

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Since 1969, Northern Ireland has been the scene of violent inter-communal disorder amounting virtually to civil war, commonly called 'the Troubles'. Divided by religion, politics and history, animosity between Protestants and Catholics exploded into civil unrest. British troops were deployed to the region, who, with the local police force, were tasked with cracking down on offenders and restoring order. A counter-offensive was launched by community terrorist groups, notably the Provisional Irish Republican Army (PIRA). They attempted to make the province ungovernable, escalating their killing, particularly with car bombs. Both Catholic and Protestant paramilitary organisations attacked British troops, as well as torturing and murdering civilians of the opposite community.

National Army Museum



British Troops on the Streets of Belfast during a Riot




oil & tempera on card


H 21.5 x W 27.5 cm (E)

Accession number

NAM. 2002-07-43

Acquisition method

purchased at Bonhams, 2002

Work type



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