End of a very long and tragic era at midnight tonight July 31, 2007 by Paul | 0 comments TweetAt midnight tonight it is officially the end of Operation Banner. …Doesn’t sound earth-shattering until you realise that “Operation Banner” is the army’s longest ever deployment – in Northern Ireland. It’s gone on for 38 years! But now it’s over. Hallejujah! Tweet This Post Tweet Related posts: Middle East strife – it will only end round a table Watch KY3 and IN2 tonight Why is Montana taking so long? Mark Oaten on Newsnight tonight What are daddy long-legs for?