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Ireland’s Wars: Final Thoughts On The Second World War

While the Second World War was not a conflict that I would say is pivotal in Irish history, relative to things like the Eleven Year Wars or the 1798 Rebellion or the Irish revolutionary period, it is still too large … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Ireland And The Holocaust

In this, my final entry on the Second World War aside from some final thoughts next week, we must finally turn to the Holocaust. In this series I tend to cleave to the view that my remit is military affairs … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Ireland And The Axis

Having taken a closer look at the diplomatic history of Ireland in the Second World War as it pertains to the Allies, it is now time for us to switch focus to the Axis. The diplomatic relations between Dublin and … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The End Of The Second World War

The end of 1944 had seen the various fronts of the war heading towards their conclusion, but with sizable obstacles still to be tackled. In the west, the Allies had to first withstand the unexpected blow of the Ardennes offensive, … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Irish With Germany

When it comes to Irish who served the belligerent powers of the Second World War, the vast, vast majority served with the Allies. Whether it was with the Irish named regiments who fought in just about every British theatre of … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: U-Boats Off Ireland

Irish territory was a battleground during the Second World War, in different ways. That can be seen in the way that Irish land was bombed by the German Luftwaffe on multiple occasions, or in how German spies were implanted in … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Second World War In 1944

1944 opened with the Allies in a very strong position on every front, but still with a number of difficult obstacles between them and a final victory over the Axis. In the East, Russian advances were being bought with an … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Long Watch

One of the longest campaigns of the Second World War, one that perhaps encompassed the totality of the war as it pertained to Europe, was the Battle of the Atlantic. As had been the case in the First World War, … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Second World War In 1943

The Allies had taken the initiative in the war in 1942, whether it was in the maelstrom of the Eastern Front, the sea-based carrier battles of the Pacific Ocean or the heat of the North African desert. 1943 was going … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The IRA “Northern Campaign”

It is fair to say that, by 1942 anyway, the IRA were running out of road in Ireland. The organisation was shattered, losing Volunteers, officers and leaders at a frightful rate, whether it was by arrest and detention, or just … Continue reading

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