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Derry-Londonderry in County Londonderry, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
 

The Petrol Bomber

 
 
The Petrol Bomber Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 18, 2012
1. The Petrol Bomber Marker
Inscription.

For two days in August, 1969 local people resisted attempts by the Royal Ulster Constabulary to break down the barricades which they had erected to defend their community. The Battle of the Bogside ended when the British government sent in the Army. The mural depicts a young boy wearing a gas mask to protect himself from CS gas: he is holding a petrol bomb made from a milk bottle.

This was our first mural and thought to be our best. As soon as the three of us painted it we knew we had captured something of the spirit of the Bogside.
 
Erected 1994 by The Bogside Artists.
 
Location. 54° 59.733′ N, 7° 19.632′ W. Marker is in Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland, in County Londonderry. Marker is at the intersection of Fahan Street and Lecky Road (B507), on the left when traveling west on Fahan Street. Click for map. Mural is on a Lisfannon Park building. Marker is in this post office area: Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland BT48 9DX, United Kingdom.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bernadette (a few steps from this marker); Free Derry Corner (within shouting distance of this marker); Death of Innocence (within shouting distance
The Petrol Bomber Mural and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 18, 2012
2. The Petrol Bomber Mural and Marker
of this marker); The Bloody Sunday Commemoration (within shouting distance of this marker); Bloody Sunday (within shouting distance of this marker); The Peace Process (within shouting distance of this marker); SeŠn Keenan / ” CianŠin (within shouting distance of this marker); IRA Volunteers Honor Roll (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line). Click for a list of all markers in Derry-Londonderry.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Battle of the Bogside (Northern Ireland Archives). (Submitted on January 7, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Battle of the Bogside, August 12-14, 1969 (Derry Journal). (Submitted on January 7, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Battle of the Bogside. (Submitted on January 7, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Battle of the Bogside at YouTube. (Submitted on January 7, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
5. The Bogside Artists and Their Derry Murals. (Submitted on January 7, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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The Petrol Bomber Mural image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 18, 2012
3. The Petrol Bomber Mural
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 399 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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