Eastside Community Heritage

Ireland, What Was That All About?

This oral history video tells how the recent political and military conflict in Northern Ireland played a significant part in the lives of two groups of people from Great Britain:

Toms or Tommies - slang for soldiers of the British Army. In particular, Toms who served in Northern Ireland during “Operation Banner”, which ran from 1969 to 2007.

TOM - or the Troops Out Movement and similar organisations. TOM was based in Great Britain and their members campaigned against the presence of the British Army in Northern Ireland, calling for British political and military withdrawal.

In their own words veterans from TOM and the British Army tell of their lives, motives and reflections on ‘The Troubles’.