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Ireland’s Wars: The Irish With Germany

When it comes to Irish who served the belligerent powers of the Second World War, the vast, vast majority served with the Allies. Whether it was with the Irish named regiments who fought in just about every British theatre of … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: U-Boats Off Ireland

Irish territory was a battleground during the Second World War, in different ways. That can be seen in the way that Irish land was bombed by the German Luftwaffe on multiple occasions, or in how German spies were implanted in … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Long Watch

One of the longest campaigns of the Second World War, one that perhaps encompassed the totality of the war as it pertained to Europe, was the Battle of the Atlantic. As had been the case in the First World War, … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Ireland And The Allies

We move now from the more select observations of Ireland in the Second World War back to the larger picture. Far more than they needed to with the Axis powers, Ireland was obligated to have a great deal of interaction … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Second World War In 1942

1942 is often seen as the year of the turning point in the Second World War. At the start of that twelve months the Axis powers seemed in a position so ascendant as to arguably be unbeatable: knocking on the … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: “Britain Alone” And 1941

When we last discussed the progress of the war proper, it was in the context of the early stages of the conflict, which were characterised by a series of German successes in Poland, Denmark, Norway, the Low Countries and France. … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Irish Neutrality During The Second World War

It is an unfortunate reality that I have to open this entry of the series with a warning. Over ten years ago I wrote a post on this general topic entitled Suicidal Obstinacy: Max Hastings And Irish Neutrality During The … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Plan W

We round of this trilogy of entries on the theoretical aspects of Ireland’s involvement in the Second World War with a look at that which both the British and Irish leadership came up with in the same period as Plan … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Operation Green

The Nazi conquest of the Low Countries and France brings us to a critical point of the Second World War. Much of Ireland’s strategic position at the outset of the conflict was based around the simple reality that it was … Continue reading

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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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