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Ireland’s Wars: 11th November 1918

Long before the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, the Central Powers knew that the First World War was essentially over. Bulgaria had bowed out at the end of September, the Ottoman’s at the end of … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Breaking The Hindenburg Line

By the end of September 1918, the Allies’ success in the first two thirds of the Hundred Days meant that they were knocking on the door of the Hindenburg Line, that series of defensive trenches that the Germans had constructed … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Hundred Days

On the 8th August 1918, a combined assault of British, Australian, Canadian, American and French troops smashed into the German lines near Amiens, doing so without a major artillery bombardment beforehand, but relying instead on the support of over 500 … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The End Of The Spring Offensive

The latter part of Spring 1918 appeared a grim time for the Allies, and for the Irish. Germany’s offensive had gained significant amounts of ground, casualties had been high, the Irish divisions had taken a pounding and, to cap it … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The End In The Holy Land

The Egyptian Expeditionary Forces had pressed into the Holy Land, taken Jerusalem, and secured their lines to the north. The Ottoman Empire’s military, despite the support of German advisors, was not in a great state to resist them, and, with … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Last Fight Of The 16th Division

Operation Michael had stunned the Allies on the western front. A huge gap had been opened in the Somme sector by the ferocious German assault, and now enemy troops were pouring in, the likes of Ludendorff and Hindenburg more concerned … Continue reading

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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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