The Guide to Free Derry
On 12 August 1969, as the Apprentice Boys Parade passed the edge of the Bogside, nationalists clashed with parade followers and police. The police and loyalists followed the nationalists back into the Bogside, where defences had been prepared. For the next three days this community held off a sustained attack from the police, who couldn't pass the defenders on the roof of Rossville Flats. On 14 August the British army was brought in to replace the defeated and exhausted police.
Cath Thaobh An Bhogaigh
Ar an 12 L?nasa 1969, mar a chuaigh Par?id na bPrinteach thar imeall Thaobh an Bhogaigh, chuaigh n?isi?naithe i ngleic le leant?ir? na Par?ide agus le p?as. Lean na peas agus na d?lseoir? na n?isi?naithe ar ais isteach i dTaobh an Bhogaigh, mar ar ullmha?odh cosaint?. Le linn na ch?ad fr? l? eile choinnigh an pobal seo ionsa? marthanach na peas nach bhf?adfadh dul thar na cosant?iri ar dh?on ?ras?in Rossville. Ar an 14 L?nasa tugadh Arm na Breataine isteach chun na peas clo?te agus traochta a ionad?.
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RUC office in full riot gear.
Bogside youths on the roof of Rossville Street high flats.
RUC officers use their shields for protection from a hail of missiles.
Hundreds of CS Gas cannisters were fired into the Bogside over the three days. (All photos courtesy of Barney McMonagle.)
Aggro Corner was the area between the British army and RUC in Williams Street and the no-go area of the Bogside. It was a regular battle ground between soldiers and youths from Free Derry where clouds of CS gas and a hail of rubber bullets met stones and petrol bombs.