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Ireland’s Wars: German Plots

Ireland in April/May 1918 was an island in uproar. The threat of conscription loomed large, and had motivated a unified struggle from nationalist and other groups to oppose it, a struggle that was causing the Dublin administration and London government … 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: Waterloo

Waterloo is, in my opinion, every bit the great “decisive” battle that it is made out to be. The French Wars had appeared to peter out in 1813 and 1814, as Allied armies overran France and Napoleon’s military found itself … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Napoleon’s Irish Legion

Napoleon Bonaparte was a singular individual, every inch the “great man” who did more than anyone else to inspire that particular approach to history. Having won a serious reputation during many martial exploits, Napoleon seized power in Paris in 1799, … 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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Ireland’s Wars: The Irish In The Seven Years War

The Irish Brigade had made their reputation in the War of the Austrian Succession, at places like Fontenoy and Lafelt. When that war concluded in 1748, with the Treaty of Aix-le-Chappelle, the Brigade was left as one of the most … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Culloden

It was April 1745, and the Jacobite forces that remained in Charles Stuart’s employ were preparing to face down the oncoming government army of the Duke of Cumberland. Here, just east of Inverness, the key battle of the ’45 would be … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The ’45 Collapses

Charles Edward Stuart was on the march in Britain. His Jacobite Army, predominantly made up of Scottish Highlanders with a mix of Irish volunteers from the Irish Brigade of France, was moving southwards, invading the north of England with the … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Jacobite ’45

In 1715, the Jacobites had made the largest concerted effort to retake the British throne since the initial War of the Two Kings. The effort had proven a failure, with James Francis Stuart chased out of Scotland, what soldiers his … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Irish At Fontenoy

In the decades following the end of the War of the Spanish Succession, the Irish Brigades of Europe, most notably in France, found themselves as soldiers without a war, relegated to garrison duty and minor adventures on unimportant campaigns, usually … Continue reading

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