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Ireland’s Wars: Operation Michael

At 3.30 AM on the 21st March 1918, the Spring Offensive, Germany’s last great gamble, began with the launching of “Operation Michael”, an attack in the Somme sector, aimed squarely at the British Army lines, just north of where they … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The End Of The Somme

September was wearing on, and the weather was getting steadily worse, but the Somme campaign continued. The 36th (Ulster) and 16th (Irish) Divisions had share their share of the fighting (and the casualties) but plenty of other Irish units separate … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Guillemont And Ginchy

The British and French had made some gains on the Somme, but a substantial advance or major breakthrough still eluded them as July came to a close. In August, much of the British focus of the battle would to rest … 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: 1st July 1916

In the final week of June 1916, the British and French forces would fire somewhere close to a million a and half shells at the German lines in the Somme sector, as part of their plans to soften up the … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Prelude To The Somme

As surprising as it may sound, with the memory of what had occurred in the previous year and with the fighting that was ongoing on other fronts, the first few months of 1916 on the western front were considered relatively … Continue reading

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NFBs Decisive Battles Of The World: The Somme

I was tempted to simply cover that first awful day in July 1916 (which, on its own, is called the Battle of Albert after a nearby town) but that would be a disservice to the sheer magnitude of the five months of … Continue reading

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Battles, Battles, Battles

There is a lot of them isn’t there? I’m trying to do what Creasy did and narrow down what I think are the most decisive battles in history. As you can imagine, a lot of problems with that process. Am … Continue reading

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