Special Reconnaissance Unit
The Special Reconnaissance Unit was a covert British Army unit involved in plain-clothes operations in Northern Ireland. Its troops were recruited from line battalions and trained in an eight-week course by the SAS. An initial deployment of 120 men took place in November 1972.
An April 1974 briefing for Prime Minister Harold Wilson stated:
- The term "Special Reconnaissance Unit" and the details of its organisation and mode of operations have been kept secret. The SRU operates in Northern Ireland at present under the cover name "Northern Ireland Training and Advisory Teams (Northern Ireland)" - NITAT(NI) - ostensibly the equivalent of genuine NITAT teams in UKLF and BAOR.
- David A. Charters, Counter-insurgency Intelligence: The Evolution of British Theory and Practice, The Journal of Conflict Studies, Volume 29 (2009).
- Dr Huw Bennett, The reluctant pupil? Britain’s army and learning in counter-insurgency, Royal United Services Institute, 11 October 2009.
- Defensive Brief D Meeting between the Prime Minister and the Taoiseach 5 April 1974 Army Plain Clothes Patrols in Northern Ireland, UK National Archives PREM 16/154.
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