Tag Archives: de valera

Ireland’s Wars: The End Of The Border Campaign

The IRA had committed an enormous amount of its resources, in terms of personnel, guns and explosives, to Operation Harvest. The very earliest stages of this campaign had brought significant success, designating the IRA once again as a major force … Continue reading

Posted in History, Ireland, Ireland's Wars, War | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Ireland’s Wars: The Border Campaign Continues

The Brookborough raid had been a decidedly mixed bag for the IRA: from an operational standpoint it had been a total disaster, but it had somehow managed to give the IRA a major propaganda coup in mass attendance funerals and … Continue reading

Posted in History, Ireland, Ireland's Wars, War | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Ireland’s Wars: The IRA After The Second World War

If the immediate time period after the end of the Second World War was a difficult era for Ireland in general, then it is fair to say that is was an extremely difficult era for the Irish Republican Army. World … Continue reading

Posted in History, Ireland, Ireland's Wars | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Ireland’s Wars: The Post-Second World War Years And The Republic Of Ireland

Ireland and Northern Ireland had emerged from the Second World War years with their established territory and sovereignty intact, but from there they were going to take very different paths. Today, we focus on the south, where having dealt with … Continue reading

Posted in History, Ireland, Ireland's Wars, War | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Ireland’s Wars: Final Thoughts On The Second World War

While the Second World War was not a conflict that I would say is pivotal in Irish history, relative to things like the Eleven Year Wars or the 1798 Rebellion or the Irish revolutionary period, it is still too large … Continue reading

Posted in History, Ireland, Ireland's Wars, War | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Ireland’s Wars: Ireland And The Holocaust

In this, my final entry on the Second World War aside from some final thoughts next week, we must finally turn to the Holocaust. In this series I tend to cleave to the view that my remit is military affairs … Continue reading

Posted in History, Ireland, Ireland's Wars, War | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Ireland’s Wars: Ireland And The Axis

Having taken a closer look at the diplomatic history of Ireland in the Second World War as it pertains to the Allies, it is now time for us to switch focus to the Axis. The diplomatic relations between Dublin and … Continue reading

Posted in History, Ireland, Ireland's Wars, War | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

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

Posted in History, Ireland, Ireland's Wars, War | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Ireland’s Wars: The IRA Leadership Crisis in 1942

Any organisation, if it wants to succeed, needs good leadership. That can take many forms depending in the situation, whether it is a firm guiding hand or something more stand-offish. But I think one consistent thing, is that good leadership … Continue reading

Posted in History, Ireland, Ireland's Wars, War | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Ireland’s Wars: German Bombing Of Ireland

In our last entry, we discussed the terrible consequences of the German decision to extend their bombing campaign of the United Kingdom to Belfast. The destruction meted out there would remain long in the memory, serving as a potent reminder … Continue reading

Posted in History, Ireland, Ireland's Wars, War | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments