The four fields of an Ulster banner shield bear the emblems (clockwise from top left) of the UFF (a red fist), the UDA (red hand), the UDF (Ulster Defence Force, golden wings with the motto “sans peur”, the French for “fearless”), and the LPA (Loyalist Prisoners Association, a red hand in barbed wire).
“UDF” is the “Ulster Defence Force”, a sub-group of the UDA with additional training in firearms and tactics, formed in 1985. According to Andy Tyrie, it was some of these gunmen who “restored to the UFF’s West Belfast C Company its ferocious reputation.” (Crimes Of Loyalty, p. 125). Hawkin Street, Derry
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