"This year is the 40th anniversary of the British Army’s arrival in Northern Ireland. They were deployed on 14 August 1969, by the Wilson government, as law and order had broken down and the population was in grave danger. Between then and 2007 some 300,000 British troops served in Northern Ireland. Occasionally they were welcomed; more often, they were spat at, pelted with missiles or shot.On the History Channel, tonight (26th October) at 9pm UK time, there will be the premier of "Soldiers' Stories". It will, as the title suggests, give the perspective of the British soldiers who served in Northern Ireland between 1969 and 2007- a video preview can be watched here.
So how did it feel to be a British soldier in Northern Ireland? These are their stories, terrible stories of bombings, killings and heartache over three decades, told for the first time from their own perspective."