It's not my intention to go into any excuses or hand wringing over gaming the conflict in Ulster. It was a brutal counter-insurgency war but no more so than the French experience in Indo-China and Algeria, the US effort in Vietnam or the current conflict in Helmand.
From my own experience the effort focussed in the Bandit Country of South Armagh allowed the British Army full scope of tactical deployment and was completely at odds with the public perception of the Army patrolling the streets of urban estates.
This then is what I'll be gaming, the British Army's effort in South Armagh against the Active Service Units of PIRA's South Armagh Brigade.
"The" book to read is without doubt "BANDIT COUNTRY-The IRA and South Armagh" by Toby Harnden, the Amazon link is below;
To end this post I'm recommending a BBC dramatisation from 1985, "CONTACT!" by A.F.N. Clarke. Originally a book by an Airborne officer this was aired in the mid 80's but I don't think its been repeated often, if at all, probably due to its content. I haven't been able to find it on Amazon and it may be the BBC may not have released it. The DVD copy I have was originally recorded on my VHS top loader in the 80's! If you get a chance to see this film grab it with both hands. I managed to find some information on the film on BFI Screenonline, the links below;
As a figure tester some PIRA players, Liberation 20mm. Dougie