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May 3, 2015

Rare Photos From an Irish Republican Army (IRA) Training Camp in 1966

The Irish Republican Army (IRA) ran many training camps in the mid-1960s. In The IRA 1956-69: Rethinking the Republic by Matt Treacy, we get more:
A meeting of the IRA leadership took place on February 1966 to draw up a new training programme... Instruction was given at the camps in short arm rifles, Thompson and Bren machine guns, bazooka and explosives and there were also night exercises and firing practice. The biggest camp held in 1965 took place in Kerry… Around sixty Volunteers including some from England and Northern Ireland attended.
These rare photographs below are from one such camp held on March 1, 1966, via Flashbak.

Blindfolded trainees assembling weapons

Time bomb made from hand grenade and alarm

Thompson sub-machine gun is demonstrated

Trainees tackeling the obsticle course

A time bomb made from hand grenade and alarm clock, at the IRA camp.

(via Flashbak)


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