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Crimes of Loyalty: A History of the UDA by Ian S. Wood

By Ian S. Wood

Sectarian homicide, torture, bloody strength struggles, and racketeering are frequently linked to the Ulster Defence organization. As Northern Ireland's problems worsened in 1971 and 1972, the UDA struggled opposed to the IRA to uphold the Union with Britain. Ian S. wooden recounts the UDA's descent into criminal activity, its position in Britain's "secret war," and its impression at the political and ethnic conflicts of the time.

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He was in his midtwenties in 1974 and had a good job as dispatches manager with the Balmoral furniture company when the strike began. However, he was also actively Victory 41 involved in the UDA in Dunmurry, where he lived. His recollections of events are vivid: It was a fantastic time. The weather was great and the sun shone. That helped us for a start. We knew what we had to do. Working from the local Orange hall we did our own mini-census of the area, round every house to find out if there were sick children or old people who couldn’t get out.

A case in point was Bob Pagels, an activist in the Transport and General Workers’ Union, who had become foreman at E. T. Green’s, a big animal feed mill in Belfast’s docks. 20 Other UDA men also had trade union backgrounds, such as Charles Harding Smith, who had been a steam hammer operator in Harland and Wolff’s shipyard, and Tyrie himself. Even leading Unionist politicians appear to have had only minimal knowledge of the Council’s emergence and the extent to which strike action to bring down the Executive was part of its agenda.

26 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. 41. 42. 43. 44. 45. 46. 47. 48. 49. 50. 51. 52. 53. 54. 55. 56. 57. 58. 59. 60. 61. 62. 63. 64. 65. 66. 67. 68. 69. 70. 71. 72. 73. 74. 75. CRIMES OF LOYALTY A. Purdy, Molyneaux: The Long View (Antrim: Greystone, 1989), p. 133. UDA Bulletin, no. 14, 1972. UDA Bulletin, no. 18, 1972. Ibid. Ibid. UDA Bulletin, no. 17, 1972. UDA Bulletin, no. 3, 1971. Ibid. UDA Bulletin, no. 18, 1972. UDA Bulletin, nos 5 & 8, 1971. UDA Bulletin, October 1971, not numbered. UDA Bulletin, no.

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