BRITISH ARMY- 14 INTELLIGENCE COMPANY - 14 INT - NORTHERN IRELAND BLAZER BADGE

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  • Sold Date: Jan 13, 2012
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BRITISH ARMY- 14 INTELLIGENCE COMPANY - 14 INT - NORTHERN IRELAND BLAZER BADGE

Gold bullion wire blazer badge for 14 Intelligence Company, a specialist unit of the British Army in Northern Ireland.

Badge features the a shield shaped emblem with the dets emblem (PHEASANT) above a scroll ARGUS (all seeing eyes).

14 Field Security and Intelligence Company (also known as "The Det") is alleged to have been an element of the British Army Intelligence Corps which operated in Northern Ireland from the 1970s onwards. The unit conducted undercover surveillance operations against suspected members of Irish republican and loyalist paramilitary groups. Allegations of collusion with loyalist organisations were made against the unit.

Authors claiming to be former members of the unit describe an organisation [1 ][ 2] [3 ][ 4] [5 ] with a depot in Great Britain and four operational detachments in Northern Ireland.

Main Det (Headquarters), RAF Aldergrove .East Det, based at Palace Barracks, Belfast .North Det, based at Ballykelly County Londonderry. South Det based at Fermanagh .

Selection and training of personnel from all arms of the British Armed Forces was conducted in a number of locations on the mainland. Candidates, both male and female, volunteered for special duties for periods of 18-36 months,

14 Int was accused of acting in collusion with loyalist paramilitaries by former intelligence personnel Fred Holroyd and Colin Wallace in regards to the death of senior Provisional Irish Republican Army member John Francis Green , the Miami Showband killings and the Dublin and Monaghan Bombings .[

Before 14 Company was created, undercover military surveillance in Northern Ireland was carried out by a unit known as the MRF (referred to in different sources as the Military Reaction Force, Military Reconnaissance Force or Mobile Reconnaissance Force). The MRF had some success, but it's operations were eventually compromised. 2 IRA double-agents that the MRF had turned were discovered by the Provos and interrogated, spilling the details of a covert MRF operation based out of the Four Squares laundry in Belfast. Using information gleaned from the interrogations, the IRA ambushed a MRF laundry van, killing one undercover soldier.

With the MRF compromised, it was decided that a dedicated force of highly-trained plains-clothes surveillance operatives should be established for operations in Northern Ireland. 14 Intelligence Company was to be selected and trained by a specially setup training wing of 22 SAS . Additionally, SAS officers would form the unit's command. In 1973, 3 Detachments, or 'Dets' were setup, each within its own sector of Northern Ireland

During the Troubles, men from the SAS and SBS would serve tours with 14 Company. It was good experience for the special forces soldiers, who would not only enhance their assigned Det with their particular skills, but they also would, on completing their tour, return to their units with invaluable operational experience.

Selection

Selection to 14 Company was open to all members of the armed services and to all genders. For the first time, women could become members of a UK Special Forces unit. Candidates were required to pass a rigorous selection process, designed to weed out anyone without the necessary qualities to deal with the unique challenges of life as a an undercover operative. Excellent observational abilities, stamina and the ability to think under stress are vital for undercover surveillance work. Since many operations require the operative to work alone, a sense of self-confidence and self-reliance is also a prerequisite.

Training

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