Operation Motorman: Top secret British Army files revealed

British soldiers swarm into Creggan during Operation Motorman, July 1972.
British soldiers swarm into Creggan during Operation Motorman, July 1972.

A 400 page file of documents relating to the British Army operation aimed at smashing the ‘no-go’ areas of Derry and Belfast during the bloodiest year of the ‘Troubles’ has been seen by the ‘Derry Journal’.

Over 20,000 British soldiers swarmed into derry and Belfast on July 31, 1972.

Their actions resulted in the killing of two teenagers in Creggan. The case of 19-year-old Seamus Bradley, an IRA member, who was unarmed at the time of his death remains one of the most controversial incidents of the conflict.

15-year-old Daniel Hegarty was also shot dead having been struck twice in the head by rounds fired by a soldier wielding a machine gun.

The files reveal the intricate logistics of the operation, the rationale behind it and a cynically pre-prepared propaganda ploy to justify and killings that would take place.

See tomorrow morning’s edition of the ‘Derry Journal’ for the full story.