Tag Archives: British Army

‘The Write Stuff’

The difficult part of blogging is not in the writing. Believe it or not having something to say has never been a hard thing for me to do! Rather it is to find (a) the time and (b) the right thing to … Continue reading

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A Broad Church too far?

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/taoiseach-should-visit-graves-of-british-soldiers-killed-in-1916-says-ex-tory-mp-1.2169232 Last week I wrote about the ‘bandwagoneering’ of the Easter Rising. This week’s blog is in a similar vein. The Commanding Officer of the Sherwood Forresters (Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Regiment), some of the soldiers who helped suppress the Rising, … Continue reading

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Limerick’s Military & Logistical Heritage

Limerick, my own adopted city, has a proud and even some would say defiant history of involvement in military affairs. From the Williamite siege of the city, to this year’s 75th anniversary celebration of the Irish Army’s Limerick based 12th … Continue reading

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The ‘lost’ poetry of World War One

The ‘lost’ poetry of World War One http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-28705819 Britain and the Western World was preparing for the Great War for well over thirty years, so it comes as little surprise that the media was ready to play it’s part. The … Continue reading

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A Positive-Negative Development

    Nationwide Photographic Programme   Last Wednesday night’s Nationwide special brought to us by the Irish national broadcaster, rté, showcased a series of photographs which detail the lives lived by Irishmen and women who volunteered to serve in the Great … Continue reading

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Beyond the Balmoral: Major Claude Raul Champion de Crespigny

  http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/yourpaintings/paintings/major-claude-raul-champion-de-crespigny-18781941-5th-bt-49166   A portrait of a fine gentleman and Auxiliary Policeman, Claude Raul Champion de Crespigny, 5th Baronet.   This family had an interesting time of it. From the end of the Second World War, the baronetcy passed three … Continue reading

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An Irishman’s Diary on Hubert Gough, an enigmatic general

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Trench construction in World War I

Originally posted on Diana Overbey:
When people think of World War I, one of the first images that comes to mind is the trench.  Here’s a look into how these major features were constructed, as well as their impact on…

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Necessity is the mother is of invention…

Ever wonder how the humble wristwatch was invented??? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-26935867

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The not so silent Killer…

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-27365003   PTSD or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is affecting more British veterans than ever before. A British charity says that it’s treating over 4,500 veterans, the greatest number ever presenting with symptoms consistent with the affliction, the greatest number in … Continue reading

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College prepared to return NI tapes

College prepared to return NI tapes http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-27286543 A very worrying possible direction for archival material. Regrettably the highly emotive case of the McConvilles could ignite passions concerning the keeping of incindiary archival records. The difficulty for historians and especially historians … Continue reading

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The Long, Dirty War

Following on from last week’s post about the vandalism of graves of former servicemen in Ulster, this week’s article looks at remembrance of a different shade and how after a generation justice is still elusive to the dead. In December, … Continue reading

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NI police ‘seek Adams extension’

An interesting development. More detailed analysis of the Jean McConville case, oral history and the place of residence historian in the scheme of justice, on Monday’s post police ‘seek Adams extension’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-27260040

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First World War…..Selfie??? A fantastic example of a WWI Selfie! Great bit of social hsitory from the conflict! Be sure to check out the rest of http://ww1mmmlitarymen.tumblr.com/ page on tumblr! Some fantastic images and well worth the look!

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WW1 dead to be reburied 100 years on

A raibh dheis de ar a anim. WW1 dead to be reburied 100 years on http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-26568666

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Is Afghanistan really impossible to conquer?

Is Afghanistan really impossible to conquer? This piece by the BBC cogently sets forth the disquieting fact that Afghanistan is a place where foreign armies come to wither and leave. The British, Soviets and now ISAF all have failed to … Continue reading

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Rise of the Footsoldier: A Social History of the Temporary Gentlemen of the Auxiliary Division

  On the 1st of March, 2014, I presented my paper entitled ‘Rise of the Footsoldier: A Social History of the Temporary Gentlemen of the Auxiliary Division’ to the Irish History Students’ Association Annual Conference, 2014. The conference which was … Continue reading

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Hark the Herald…..A Harbinger of the Troubles to Come

In the early 1920s the British Government were beginning to get rather desperate. Ireland was disintegrating, the ironclad control of the province which previous administrations exercised over the island was rapidly evaporating and it was only through the commission of … Continue reading

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He’s making a list, he’s checking it twice….

http://www.c-s-p.org/flyers/Dublin-Castle-and-the-Anglo-Irish-War–Counter-Insurgency-and-Conflict1-4438-1392-3.htm Just to let those looking for Christmas gifts know, that my book on British Counter-insurgency efforts during the Anglo-Irish War is available from Cambridge Scholars’ Publishing or from Amazon. The book examines the reasons and ask the hard questions … Continue reading

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What did you do in the War, Daddy?

(pic. wikipedia.org)    Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an unusual malady. Loosely defined it is an affliction which attacks the sufferer’s mind, forcing him or her to relieve with a range of symptoms and with varying degrees of severity, intensity … Continue reading

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A Few Dollars More: Revisiting the Mau Mau Compensation

(image from http://www.maumau.news.uk.msn.com) http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-22986211  A few weeks ago I posted an article entitled ’30 pieces of Weregild’, in which I described the British government’s response to the Mau Mau insurgency and their eventual payment of compensation to those Kenyans directly … Continue reading

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30 Pieces of Weregild

It seems that old enemies can become new friends. Old wounds can and are forgiven. But only if a price is paid. Blood money was the old fashioned term, or Weregild if you prefer the Anglo-Saxon term. Today it has fallen into … Continue reading

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‘Pro Publico Bono’

  Without getting into personal views on ANY side of the upcoming parliamentary debate in the Republic of Ireland, I think we can all agree on one thing; freedom of religious belief and expression should not interfere with the governance … Continue reading

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‘Stewards Enquiry’: The Curragh Mutiny and trade in Horse Meat in Ireland in 1914!

In recent days there has been a furore surrounding the discovery of traces of horse meat in beef products sold in Ireland. As a historian, this has sparked a personal debate; what is the real issue here? Irish people appear to … Continue reading

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