Various authors have covered this operation and I've personally chatted with one of the UKSF operators who took part. Although the West Side Boys had all the advantages, they were just another rabble capable of terrorizing unarmed villagers but utterly inept when it came to dealing with a real firefight. The SAS trooper Bradley Tinnion who died was hit by a ricochet; a pure piece of bad luck in an otherwise relatively flawless but highly kinetic action. The entire operation, however, could have been avoided if the Major commanding the Irish Rangers reconnaissance patrol had paid a little more attention to his attached liaison Lieutenant Musa Bangura and been a little less eager to demonstrate Sandhurst spirit.

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