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Ireland’s Wars: The Irish Commandos

An oversight on my part prevented this post from going up on its usual day last week, and I only realized this the other day. Apologies! Due to the gold and diamond trade, South Africa was a popular destination for … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The End Of The Boer War

Having gone this far with the Boer War, it’s only fitting that we finish things off, even if there is very little else to talk about in terms of the “named” Irish units of the British military engaged in the … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Yeomanry At Lindley

In order to better understand the focus of today’s entry, we have to better understand the concept of “yeomanry”. I’ve talked about yeomanry before now, largely in the context of the 1798 Rebellion, but I’ve never gone into specifics. A … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Reddersburg

The relief of Ladysmith and Kimberley, rescuing trapped British forces and providing a badly-needed morale boost for both the home front and the active campaign, altered significantly the dynamic of the Boer War. The Boers’ time having the initiative had … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Tugela Heights

Two months on from “Black Week” and Buller, along with the rest of the forces under his command, were still on the wrong side of the Tugela River. It had been a costly period. Twice more, after the repulse at … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Black Week

The Boers’ early advances had achieved some notable successes, but as November ticked on by the new British forces assembled under General Redvers Buller were ready, more or less, to begin what was expected by many to be the decisive … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Boer Invasion

The Second Boer War began on the 11th of October 1899, when the Boer armies crossed the frontiers. By then, large amounts of British regulars were on boats headed to the Cape, but they wouldn’t arrive for a while yet. … Continue reading

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