The Angry Brigade

The Angry Brigade
Angry Brigade Resistance Movement
Participant in the Opposition to US involvement in Vietnam and The Troubles
Logo associated with the Angry Brigade, used on the cover of The Angry Brigade by Gordon Carr
Active1968–1970, 1980s-Present
IdeologyAnarchist communism
Area of operationsUnited KingdomGreat Britain
Part ofIrish Republican Socialist Movement

The Angry Brigade was a left-wing revolutionary group responsible for a series of bomb attacks in England between 1970 and 1972.



In mid-1968 demonstrations took place in London, centred on the US embassy in Grosvenor Square, against US involvement in the Vietnam War. One of the organisers of these demonstrations, the well-known radical Tariq Ali, has said he recalls an approach by someone representing the Angry Brigade who wished to bomb the embassy; he told them it was a terrible idea and no bombing took place.[1]


The Angry Brigade decided to launch a bombing campaign with small bombs – in order to maximise media exposure to their demands while keeping collateral damage to a minimum. The campaign started in August 1970 and continued for a year until arrests took place the following summer.[2]

Targets included banks, embassies, the Miss World event in 1970 (or rather a BBC Outside Broadcast vehicle earmarked for use in the BBC's coverage) and the homes of Conservative MPs. In total, police attributed 25 bombings to the Angry Brigade. The bombings mostly caused property damage; one person was slightly injured.[3]

Resurfaced Angry Brigade of the 1980s

In the 1980s the Angry Brigade resurfaced as the Angry Brigade Resistance Movement – part of the Irish Republican Socialist Movement (IRSM).[4][5]

Other Languages
Deutsch: Angry Brigade
Nederlands: The Angry Brigade
日本語: 怒りの旅団