Category Archives: Ireland’s Wars

Ireland’s Wars: Reddersburg

The relief of Ladysmith and Kimberley, rescuing trapped British forces and providing a badly-needed morale boost for both the home front and the active campaign, altered significantly the dynamic of the Boer War. The Boers’ time having the initiative had … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Tugela Heights

Two months on from “Black Week” and Buller, along with the rest of the forces under his command, were still on the wrong side of the Tugela River. It had been a costly period. Twice more, after the repulse at … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Black Week

The Boers’ early advances had achieved some notable successes, but as November ticked on by the new British forces assembled under General Redvers Buller were ready, more or less, to begin what was expected by many to be the decisive … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Boer Invasion

The Second Boer War began on the 11th of October 1899, when the Boer armies crossed the frontiers. By then, large amounts of British regulars were on boats headed to the Cape, but they wouldn’t arrive for a while yet. … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Road To The Boer War

Britain’s last great colonial adventure of the 19th century and Victoria’s lengthy reign, as some of the last unclaimed parts of the non-western world were being eyed up and bartered over, took place not in a war against black Africans … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Childers Reforms

By the later part of the 19th century, the British Army had grown from a glorified part-time militia into a professional cross-continental behemoth, at the forefront of military tactics and technology. But with this expansion came problems, namely a messy … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Indian Revolt

Having looked at the history of the Royal Irish Regiment through most of the 19th century, we must take some time to have a look at the experience of some other “named” Irish regiments, with a particular focus on one … Continue reading

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