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Ireland’s Wars: The Great Retreat

In the aftermath of Mons, and the larger “Battle of the Frontiers”, the Allied forces of Britain and France (and Belgium, technically) were in full retreat. Sir John French’s BEF had held the Germans up for the better part of … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Mons

The early days of the war in Europe, for the men of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) anyway, were a helter-skelter affair of rapid mobilisation, a boat ride across the Irish Sea or English Channel and a march through the … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Road To 1798

The run-up to the year 1798, and the events that took place then, require a bit more complicated backstory if they are to be understood properly. In this entry, I’m going to take a look at the general state of … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Expedition d’Irlande

The old dream of invading the British Isles was very much alive in French hearts when Wolfe Tone arrived in Paris. The Revolutionary Armies had gained some success, beating back numerous assaults and winning peace with many enemies by 1795. … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The United Irishmen

The 1798 Rebellion is an interesting one. In terms of the larger scope of Irish military history, it is a strange middle child, caught between the conflicts like the Nine Years War, Eleven Year Wars and the War of the … 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 End Of The French Irish Brigade

France in the late 1780’s was a tinderbox just waiting for the right spark. French involvement in the American Revolution and associated conflicts with Britain elsewhere around the globe had left the state near bankruptcy, with the military feeling the … Continue reading

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