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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 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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Ireland’s Wars: Ireland And The Allies

We move now from the more select observations of Ireland in the Second World War back to the larger picture. Far more than they needed to with the Axis powers, Ireland was obligated to have a great deal of interaction … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The IRA Leadership Crisis in 1942

Any organisation, if it wants to succeed, needs good leadership. That can take many forms depending in the situation, whether it is a firm guiding hand or something more stand-offish. But I think one consistent thing, is that good leadership … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Second World War In 1942

1942 is often seen as the year of the turning point in the Second World War. At the start of that twelve months the Axis powers seemed in a position so ascendant as to arguably be unbeatable: knocking on the … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Glen Of Imaal Disaster

It can often be very easy to view the military forces of any nation as a sterling, professional fighting unit. The uniforms, the guns, the other equipment on display, the impression meant to be experienced is generally one of power, … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: German Bombing Of Ireland

In our last entry, we discussed the terrible consequences of the German decision to extend their bombing campaign of the United Kingdom to Belfast. The destruction meted out there would remain long in the memory, serving as a potent reminder … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Belfast Blitz

Even before the invention of air planes, the idea of utilising aircraft in a military context had been the focus of theorists and fiction writers alike, many of whom would spend the time before 1905 and the time after prophesising … Continue reading

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