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Ireland’s Wars: The Curragh Mutiny

Coming out of the wave of volunteering in 1912 and 1913, and then the unrest of the Lockout, 1914 was earmarked as a momentous year in Irish history. Under the new rules governing what the House of Lords could and … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Irish Against Napoleon

The course of the French Revolutionary Wars and the subsequent Napoleonic Wars bears little going into. Between 1792 and 1815, France fought numerous conflicts against a series of opposing coalitions. What began as a conflict of mere survival for the … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Royal Irish Regiment

There were/are a large amount of “Irish” regiments within the British Armed Forces. Just check out this Wikipedia Category page, that only lists the defunct ones. The matter is complicated by the frequent creation and then extinction of these units, … Continue reading

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The Junior Officer’s Reading Club by Patrick Hennessey

One of the core archetypes you will find in military based fiction is that of the British officer: uptight, a strict disciplinarian, moustached, traditional, posh, asshole (especially to rankers). It’s not a completely underserved stereotype and it is far from inaccurate in … Continue reading

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It Is Not War #5: Michael Collins

A nice short one this time. Neil Jordan’s biopic of the iconic revolutionary is rightly lauded as a fine piece of filmmaking. Neeson, simply put, is Collins for those two hours and the supporting cast (even Julia ‘This is my Oirish accent’ … Continue reading

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About The British Army…

It may seem like I was going a bit overboard yesterday. Certainly, I didn’t mean to imply that Great Britain and its armed forces are now bit players. But they are weakened. Military force, whether we like it or not, … Continue reading

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The British Army Is About To Get Gutted…

…if this report is true. Good God, 40%? The Royal Marines merged with the Paratroopers? The RAF cut to WWI levels? The long-standing armoured brigades in Germany halved? This is actually a huge moment in the history of the United … Continue reading

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