Planning on getting to work on Dragon’s 1/35 Saladin soon. Wondered if anyone could recommend resources for finding out what units were in Northern Ireland during the troubles. I know they had Saracens, Saladins, and Ferret armored cars as well as a centurion AVRE that was used in Operation Motorman. Hoping to find out what units were there and when. I haven’t gotten too far into Tim Pat Coogan’s book on the IRA so I don’t know too much about what he has. Poking around the internet I found a few photos from Motorman but nothing from the mid 70s or into the 80s.
Just to let everyone know I bought the Operation Banner book and am reading it. I do remember the Bobby Sands hunger strike from when I was a boy, and the 1983 New York St. Patrick’s Day parade that was boycotted by numerous people, including Senator Kennedy and Patrick Moynihan, because a man from the IRA was the grand marshal. I also remember a Catholic high school teacher being unhappy about the Northern Ireland violence, and later a leftist Irish mass communications professor talking about stereotypes. One example he gave was the century-old stereotype of happy-go-lucky Irish alcoholics, and then suddenly Irish people were killing each other. (He never said anything about either side being right or wrong, and he was a leftist.)
I did want to depict a Saladin car in Northern Ireland, but I don’t know which markings and coloring to use. Yes, many different British regiments went there, but I want to depict one that was right.