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Ireland’s Wars: Taking Passchendaele

In the aftermath of the disastrous lack of success at Langemarck, Haig side-lined the unfortunate Gough, and gave Plumer and his Second Army the initiative for the remainder of the Third Ypres offensive, that would now pivot to aim at … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Somme Continues

There was little time for the British, or the Irish, to fully contemplate the scale of the disaster that had occurred on the 1st of July. The Battle of the Somme, and indeed, the Battle of Albert, were only just … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Loos

In the aftermath of the failed offensives of earlier in 1915, and as thousands of Allied troops were fighting and dying in the futile Gallipoli effort, the British and French armies made one more attempt to force a breakthrough on … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Gallipoli Landings

In the run-up to the First World War, both the Entente and the Central Powers vied for the support of the Ottoman Empire, the massive political structure that nominally dominated Turkey and the Middle-East. In reality, the Ottoman’s had been … Continue reading

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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: The Childers Reforms

By the later part of the 19th century, the British Army had grown from a glorified part-time militia into a professional cross-continental behemoth, at the forefront of military tactics and technology. But with this expansion came problems, namely a messy … Continue reading

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Revolutionary Remembrance: Patrick Costelloe, Royal Munster Fusiliers (Part Two)

Next up, a very small “DESCRIPTIVE RETURN” form for a member of the Royal Munster Fusiliers. It simply lists a few basic details about Costelloe – service number, name, length of service, character (“good”) etc. The document is listed as … Continue reading

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