• Short Summary

    Armoured columns of British troops stormed into the forbidden "No-Go" areas of Northern Ireland early today, smashing down barricades guarding strongholds of the Irish Republican Army (IRA).

  • Description

    1.
    GV Army vehicles moving into Bogside in predawn darkness (3 shots)
    0.13

    2.
    SV Saracen armoured cars move in
    0.20

    3.
    LV Troops place barbed wire barri-cades up and move on (3 shots)
    0.30

    4.
    SV Saladin car past Centurion tank
    0.37

    5.
    SV Bulldozer smashes barricades
    0.40

    6.
    SV Soldier taking cover near wall opposite flats
    0.44

    7.
    GV PAN Blocks of flats
    0.48


    Belfast


    8.
    GTV Belfast in early hours
    0.51

    9.
    GTVs Bulldozers and trucks moving through streets (2 shots)
    1.01

    10.
    SV PAN Truck past
    1.04

    11.
    SV Soldiers taking positions (2 shots)
    1.11

    12.
    LV & SV Barricades moved by armoured 'dozers (2 shots)
    1.23

    13.
    SV Roof of flats & ZOOM BACK TO soldiers watching 'dozers.
    1.30

    14.
    GV Shankill Road (Protestant area)
    1.38

    15.
    CU 'dozer blades moving obstacles & dumping debris in truck (2 shots)
    1.50

    16.
    SV Troops walk through debris
    1.54

    17.
    SV People against wall being searched
    1.50

    18.
    SCU Soldier checks under car bannet
    2.02

    19.
    CV landrover in street
    2.06

    20.
    SV Helicopter TILT DOWN TO roof of ??? in New Lodge ??? area (helicopter taking equipment up)
    2.13

    21.
    SV Helicopter PAN TO another over flats
    2.19

    22.
    SV Troops unload equipment on roof
    2.24

    23.
    GV Streets below and Marksmen on roof (2 shots)
    2.27

    24.
    LV ZOOM IN Helicopter hovers over roof
    2.30

    25.
    Captain showing Claudy in relation to Londonderry
    2.30

    26.
    GV & SV Wrecked cars and houses after bomb blast (2 shots)
    2.45

    27.
    SV Man covering body with sheet
    2.50

    28.
    GV Damaged house front
    2.51

    29.
    CU Twisted wreck of car
    2.54

    30.
    GV Wreckage in street
    2.59



    Initials BB/0117 RW/PW/BB/0245


    TELERECORDING original colour on 9709/72 107ft

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: Armoured columns of British troops stormed into the forbidden "No-Go" areas of Northern Ireland early today, smashing down barricades guarding strongholds of the Irish Republican Army (IRA). They met only light resistance. By early morning, the troops were in firm command of the areas. There was no sign of IRA gunmen who had ruled Londonderry's Bogside district for months, and who had vowed to keep the British army out. British officers said most of them may have skipped across the border into the Irish Republic. The operation was supervised by the Northern Ireland administrator, Mr. William Whitelaw. Something like 15,000 troops went into action, supported by armoured cars, helicopters and even tank landing craft. None of the soldiers was hurt.

    In Belfast, too, resistance was minimal as troops poured into staunchly Catholic districts from which IRA men had been waging a bombing and shooting war against the security forces. Troops also moved into Catholic areas of Armagh, Lurgan, Portadown and other towns. Just before breakfast, Mr. Whitelaw announced that the operation had been a complete success. He was relieved that it had been carried out without the heavy toll of civilian casualties which many had feared it would entail. But there were some casualties during the morning. In the village of Claudy, 14 miles (22 Kms) from Londonderry, six people died when three bombs exploded. They included a child of eight.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVADM6C1J3OWHXYB5MRTVA59YXDK
    Media URN:
    VLVADM6C1J3OWHXYB5MRTVA59YXDK
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    31/07/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:59:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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