Tag Archives: 1939

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 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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