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Tartan Gangs and ParamilitariesThe Loyalist Backlash$
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Gareth Mulvenna

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781781383261

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781383261.001.0001

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From Boys Brigade Belts and Bibles to Bombs and Bullets (1972–75)

From Boys Brigade Belts and Bibles to Bombs and Bullets (1972–75)

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(p.183) 6 From Boys Brigade Belts and Bibles to Bombs and Bullets (1972–75)
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Tartan Gangs and Paramilitaries
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Gareth Mulvenna

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781781383261.003.0007

This chapter examines the dynamics of paramilitary loyalism and the involvement of the interviewees in operations including murder. The chapter demonstrates that the transition from Tartan gangs to paramilitaries defined the violent reputations of these organisations as the mid-1970s proved to be a bloody period in the Northern Ireland conflict

Keywords:   Ulster Volunteer Force, Terrorism, Working-class conflict, Loyalist paramilitaries, Red Hand Commando, Ulster Defence Association, Young Citizen Volunteers

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