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The Battle of Bogside Paperback – 26 Oct 1972

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  • Paperback: 170 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; 1st edition (26 Oct 1972)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140036180
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140036183
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.5 x 12.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 735,112 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In 1972 The Battle of Bogside which shows three years of fighting in Northern Ireland won the Robert Capa Gold Medal from Life magazine "for superlative photography requiring exceptional courage and enterprise abroad."

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Nick E on 6 Jun 2009
Format: Paperback
The Battle of Bogside

Clive Limpkin took these photos between 1969 and 1972. He lets the pictures tell the story, and even then is able to step back and observe:
'I don't pretend they are a comprehensive record of the period; in exposure time they represent only three seconds in the three years they cover.'
The text is sparse, but always relevant and intensely readable. I was stunned by the 'solutions' highlighted in the final pages from the British press.
Limpkin finished on a positive note, and hopefully this book is still contributing to the peace process in this land.
Highly recommended on so many levels: Photojournalism at it's best; History written at the time it was happening; Social commentary, both thought-provoking and balanced.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
My Childhood memories 12 July 2003
By Nigel Holden - Published on
Format: Paperback
I bought this book shortly after it was first published and the copy it is now well worn. The book factually records the street violence that is now known as the battle of the bogside. I lived in the City and I can remember well the effects of CS gas as it spread through the city centre causing pain and discomfort to the innocent as well as those involved in the violence. I come from the other side of the house and cannot agree with all the comments in the book but in general it records the start of the no go areas in Northern Ireland. It is a fact that the Roman Catholic citizens of Northern Ireland suffered much social and polictical injustice but many working class Protestants found themselves facing exactly the same situation. What a pity that the Civil Rights movement was hijacked by those with other agendas. If it had been allowed to develop it could have found much wider community support.
The book is an excellent account of how one section of the community took a violent stand against the RUC and British army which it viewed as its enemy. The sense of power felt by the people must have been great when compared to the lack of progress of legitimate political protest. Unfortunately these events and others have resulted in a divided society that does not know or understand the other community leading to more mistrust that only allows the violence to continue.
My advice is to read the book understanding that the reporter (an outsider) was being fed a line from one side only. Look at the difficulties faced when trying to remain neutral and the terrible feeling of dread when faced with the knowledge that a gunman was about to shoot a soldier. What to do?
All in all a not put downable book which left this reader wondering if there was not a better way forward when considering the human cost for both sides.
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Every picture tells a story. 23 Nov 2003
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book is the most graphic and poignant of the start of what is known as the "troubles" in the north of Ireland. The whole events that led to the beginning of strife in this part of Ireland lead from the authorities refusing to allow the civil rights afforded to the Catholic population, and also banning several peaceful civil rights demonstartions, the last one leading to the events to be known as "Bloody Sunday", where british paratroopers shot dead 13 unarmed civilians, and fired over 107 rounds of high velocity ammunition into a crowd of civil rights demonstrators.
The "Battle of the Bogside" was a prelude to these traumatic events, when the Protestant police force, the RUC, and the even more hated and sectarian "B specials", tried to break into the "no-go" areas in the Catholic bogside. The unarmed Catholic population defended their neighbourhood with everything they could use as weapons, this at a time when the IRA was unarmed and unorganised. The people themselves, and the children, went up to the rooftops of the flats, and held off the RUC and "B" specials for 3 days. They used stones, bricks, paving stones and petrol bombs to hold off the police, who in turn drenched the area in CS gas and fired countless rubber bullets at the defenders.
In the end, the Bogsiders scored a remarkable victory, holding off the much heavier armed and superior numbered RUC, who in turn had to hand over their authority to the british army, who were sent to take over the authority of policing the areas.
At the time, they were welcomed as neutral combatants, protecting the Catholic neighbourhoods from the shooting and burning of their homes by the police and "B" specials. However, in the end, they proved to be much worse than the police ever were, using such excessive force that culminated in the massacre at Bloody Sunday.
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