Tag Archives: war

To set a benchmark

Here was a prime example of the mark left on the civic and social landscape by our shared military history, and it was literally lying around at the foot of the British military presence in Ireland and now lies almost totally ignored by passers-by. Continue reading

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The Marching Dead

US sends draft notices to 1800s men http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-28268638   The agency responsible for maintaining and updating the data which allows the United States government to theoretically the maintain operational capability of conscripting its citizens for military service recently made a … Continue reading

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A US soldier searches for his Vietnamese son

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-27159697

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Germany’s forgotten war

Germany’s forgotten war http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-26368633 War service and sacrifice commemorations are a difficult business in Germany at the best of times. Commemorating the Great War can only be fraught with difficulties.

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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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Mentioned in……Twitter? Facebook? RSS?

  In times past, well in reality in past conflicts, a soldier whose actions merited serious some recognition by his home countrymen and women could be Mentioned in Despatches. This tradition arose from Commanding Officers of various units reporting their … Continue reading

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Europe’s Violent Memories

Robert Gerwarth, University College Dublin, will present a paper entitled ‘Europe’s Violent Memories’ in the Long Room Hub in Trinity College Dublin, on Tuesday 8th of October. For anyone unfamiliar with Dr Gerwarth, he has written extensively on the subject … Continue reading

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(image from thehindu.com, 05/07/2013) Shielding Commonwealth war graves from the ravages of time This is a great article by Christian Fraser for BBC news, regarding the herculean restorative efforts being undertaken at the Commonwealth War Graves in France and elsewhere … 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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The Other Auxiliaries

This is the text of a paper which I presented in March at Queen’s University Belfast, concerning Women Police Auxiliaries during the Anglo-Irish War, 1919-1921. Introduction The Anglo-Irish War (1919-1921) was a conflict characterised by concomitant cycles of revolutionary terror, … Continue reading

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