Burke, David  

Kitson’s Irish War


The British government has taken steps to halt the prosecution of soldiers responsible for the deaths of civilians in Northern Ireland, most of whom had no connection to paramilitary activities. These killings were part of a ruthless dirty war that commenced in 1970 when Brigadier Frank Kitson, a counter-insurgency specialist, was sent to Northern Ireland.

Kitson had spent decades in Britain’s colonies refining old, and developing new, techniques which he applied in Northern Ireland. He became the architect of a clandestine war, waged against Nationalists while ignoring Loyalist atrocities. Kitson and his colleagues were responsible for:
• The establishment of the clandestine Military Reaction Force (MRF) which carried out assassinations on the streets of Belfast of suspected IRA members;
• They unleashed the most violent elements of the Parachute Regiment [1 Para] to terrorise Nationalist communities which, they adjudged, were providing support for the Official and Provisional IRA;
• Spreading black propaganda designed to undermine Republican but not Loyalist paramilitary groups;
• Deployed psychological warfare techniques, involving the torture of internees;
• Sent Kitson’s ‘Private Army’ – Support Company of 1 Para – to Derry where they perpetrated the Bloody Sunday massacre.

The British Widgery and Saville inquiries did not hold Kitson and his elite troops accountable for Bloody Sunday. Kitson’s Irish War lays bare the evidence they discounted: Kitson’s role in the events leading up to and surrounding that massacre; evidence from a deserter from 1 Para who joined the IRA; a deceitful MI5 agent; a courageous whistle blower whom the British state tried to discredit, and much more, all of which points to a motive for the attack on the Bogside.

This book unlocks the some of the key secrets of the Dirty War that the British government is still determined to cover-up.


Brace yourself for a heart-pounding journey into the dark underbelly of Britain's dirty war in Northern Ireland. Kitson's Irish War is a gripping exposé that rips the lid off the clandestine operations and ruthless tactics employed by Brigadier Frank Kitson, the mastermind behind a brutal campaign that targeted Nationalists while turning a blind eye to Loyalist atrocities.

From the shadowy assassinations carried out by the covert Military Reaction Force (MRF) on the streets of Belfast to the reign of terror unleashed by the notorious Parachute Regiment [1 Para] in Nationalist communities, this book leaves no stone unturned. Uncover the chilling truth behind the use of psychological warfare techniques, the torture of internees, and the infamous Bloody Sunday massacre perpetrated by Kitson's 'Private Army.'

With explosive evidence from a deserter from 1 Para who joined the IRA, a deceitful MI5 agent, and a courageous whistle-blower who faced attempts to discredit them, Kitson's Irish War pieces together a shocking puzzle that the British government is determined to keep hidden. As efforts are made to halt the prosecution of soldiers responsible for civilian deaths, most of whom had no ties to paramilitary activities, this book is a timely and essential read for anyone seeking the truth behind one of the darkest chapters in Northern Ireland's history.

Prepare to be shocked, outraged, and ultimately enlightened as you embark on this unflinching exploration of the secrets and lies that fueled Britain's dirty war. Kitson's Irish War is a powerful testament to the importance of exposing the truth, no matter how uncomfortable.