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Ireland’s Wars: Breaking The Hindenburg Line

By the end of September 1918, the Allies’ success in the first two thirds of the Hundred Days meant that they were knocking on the door of the Hindenburg Line, that series of defensive trenches that the Germans had constructed … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The 69th On The Western Front

The last stage of the war, following the end of the Spring Offensive and the beginning of the Hundred Days, was, looking at it from a distance, a time of unrelenting Allied gains and success, as their combined armies seemed … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Hundred Days

On the 8th August 1918, a combined assault of British, Australian, Canadian, American and French troops smashed into the German lines near Amiens, doing so without a major artillery bombardment beforehand, but relying instead on the support of over 500 … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Awaiting Kaiserschlacht

As 1918 began, Germany was on the ropes. There was continued unrest at home from a populace that was increasingly war weary, unhappy with the military oligarchy now in control of the country. The Allied superiority at sea was causing … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Arras

On the western front, following the eventual end of the Somme campaign, soldiers settled in for a third Christmas and New Years in the trenches. 1916 had been a bloody year, with some gains and some victories to show for … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Yenikoi

At the conclusion of the first Allied campaign operating out of Salonika, the British and French found themselves hemmed in by the unexpected might of the Bulgarian enemy, backed up by Austro-Hungarian and German support. On the 5th January 1916, … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The End Of The Somme

September was wearing on, and the weather was getting steadily worse, but the Somme campaign continued. The 36th (Ulster) and 16th (Irish) Divisions had share their share of the fighting (and the casualties) but plenty of other Irish units separate … Continue reading

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