As a leading expert on non-conventional weapons and explosives, the author focuses on the bombs and explosives and shows how the IRA became one of the most adept and experienced insurgency groups in the world. The book is a comprehensive account of more than 150 years of Irish republican strategic details and analysis covering the IRA’s mission and acquisition of weapons and explosives. Oppenheimer colourfully presents the story behind the bombs; those who built and deployed them, those who had to deal with and dismantle them, and those who suffered or died from them.
The book focuses entirely on the IRA’s bombing campaign – beginning with the Fenian ‘Dynamiters’ in the 19th century up to the decommissioning of an arsenal big enough to arm several battalions Oppenheimer fully describes and assesses the impact of the pre-1970s bombing campaigns in Northern Ireland and England to the evolution of strategies and tactics. He also provides an insight into the bombing equipment and guns from the IRA inventory held at Irish Police HQ in Dublin.
About the Author
A. R. Oppenheimer is a UK-based analyst, author and lecturer in counter-terrorism and CBRNE (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear weapons and explosives). He is a Member of the International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators, an Associate Member of the UK Institute of Explosives Engineers, and a Course Contributor for the University of St Andrews’ Advanced Certificate in Terrorism Studies. He has written hundreds of articles for defence and security journals and lectures on the IRA at conference and seminars worldwide.