Beginning with the Fenian ‘Dynamiters’ in the second half of the nineteenth century, Oppenheimer fully describes and assesses the impact of the pre-1970s bombing campaigns in Northern Ireland and England and the evolution of strategies and tactics during the Troubles. He concludes with the decommissioning of an arsenal big enough to arm several battalions – which included an entire home-crafted missile system, an unsurpassed range of improvised explosive devices (IEDs), and enough explosives to blow up several urban centres. The author scrutinises the level of deadly improvisation that became the hallmark of the Provisional IRA’s expertise and the ingenuity in its pioneering IED timing, delay and disguise technologies, and follows the arms race it carried on with the British Army and security services in a long war of mutual assured disruption. He also provides an insight into the bombing equipment and guns in the vast IRA inventory held at Irish Police HQ in Dublin.
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.