Category Archives: Ireland

Ireland’s Wars: The Phoney War And The Fall Of France

Having looked at the initial Irish reaction to the Second World War and the early activities of the IRA for the same, it is now time to take a closer look at the war itself. Ireland was not a belligerent … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Christmas Raid

The IRA’s initial efforts to launch a new offensive against Great Britain, and to play a part in the wider geopolitical confrontation in Europe, had proved a failure. Undone by one spectacular case of bombing the wrong target and by … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The 1939 Coventry Bombing And The End Of The S-Plan

The S-Plan had resulted in an enormous amount of successful detonations of bombs throughout Britain, and had certainly caught the attention of the British government. But, for the most part, the explosives had not done a large amount of damage, … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The S-Plan

The coming of the Second World War was, obviously, viewed as an enormous opportunity by the IRA. Their named enemy was now in what could only be described as an existential conflict with an enormously powerful foe, and the opportunity … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Emergency

The Irish experience of the Second World War is, in many ways, bound up with the word “Emergency”, to the point that it has become something of a recurring joke: I recall someone once writing that it equates the greatest … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Second World War Begins

It may seem like a strange thing to say, but it is important not to underestimate the vast scope of the Second World War. In terms of the number of people engaged, the number of people killed and injured, the … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Brunete To The End Of The Spanish Civil War

Things were finely poised in Spain in the aftermath of the Battle of Jarama. The Nationalist efforts to capture Madrid had been defeated, but Franco retained enough strength that any kind of rapid Republican victory was impossible to foresee. Both … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Irish In The International Brigades

In last week’s entry we took the time to examine the Irish experience of the Spanish Civil War first from the perceptive of those who fought for Franco’s Nationalists. The decision to go with O’Duffy’s Brigade first was at least … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: O’Duffy’s Irish Brigade

The Spanish Civil War mirrored the many other examples throughout Europe and the rest of the world of the conflict between the left and right, and managed to draw many of the combatants of that conflict within its own borders. … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Ireland And The Spanish Civil War

It has been a while since we discussed Irish involvement in conflicts outside of Irish soil, something which, owing to the Irish military diaspora and Irish named units of the British military, comprises a significant section of Irish military history … Continue reading

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