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This is the story of one of the most terrifying operations ever carried out by one secret army against another. Sunday, November 21, 1920, was a decisive day in the Irish nation's long, bloody struggle for independence from Great Britain. It was on that day that fourteen British secret agents in Dublin were assassinated, an act that shattered the British intelligence system in Ireland and made it possible for a small, ill-equipped force of irregulars to impose its will on its centuries-old oppressor. The ...

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This is the story of one of the most terrifying operations ever carried out by one secret army against another. Sunday, November 21, 1920, was a decisive day in the Irish nation's long, bloody struggle for independence from Great Britain. It was on that day that fourteen British secret agents in Dublin were assassinated, an act that shattered the British intelligence system in Ireland and made it possible for a small, ill-equipped force of irregulars to impose its will on its centuries-old oppressor. The operation was carefully and secretly organized, and it was the crucial culmination of a decades-long undercover struggle.
Bloody Sunday tells the exciting behind-the-scenes story of the events that led up to the operation and gives a completely new appraisal of "the troubles." It shows Michael Collins as the brilliant leader that he was, and it disperses the fables and fiction that have grown up around Ireland's War of Independence.
Author James Gleeson saw the "Black and Tans" and "Shinners" in action. He spoke to men who had taken part in the operation-not only the leaders but also the rank and file-as well as men from the British side. His unbiased, factual account is an extraordinary resource for anyone interested in Irish history.

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The infamous day under scrutiny is November 21, 1920, the date upon which IRA operatives assassinated 14 British secret agents in Dublin under orders from Michael Collins. The 1962 volume provides a detailed chronicle of the behind-the-scenes events leading up to and after the killings. The text is buttressed with period photos, and this edition has an introduction by Dermot McEvoy, author of the fictional Collins portrait Terrible Angel, which also is making its paperback debut (ISBN 1-59228-417-5). Get your Irish up and have both on hand for St. Patrick's Day. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781592282821
  • Publisher: Lyon's Press, The
  • Publication date: 3/1/2004
  • Edition description: First edition
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 4.96 (w) x 7.96 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

James Gleeson was director of the London News Agency and a journalist and BBC script writer. He coauthored the postwar best-seller The Frogmen and Now It Can Be Told.

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Some hours before the bells had begun their call to prayer—in the dead silence of the night—men had quietly left their beds, dressed by candlelight, and stolen from their homes. They were young men, most of them not yet thirty, many of them under twenty. . . . These men, the soldiers of a guerilla army, now moved quietly through the dark, silent and deserted streets of their familiar Dublin. They walked carefully and in the shadows because it was risky to be abroad at that hour in a city which was beleaguered by a powerful army that sat within its gates—an alien army, an angry army. They were moving into action. Action that climaxed with horrifying finality month after month of careful planning; that scandalized Britain, astonished the world and assured the final victory of Ireland's age-old fight against its ancient enemy.

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Table of Contents

Foreword ix
Acknowledgments xiv
Introduction xvii
1 The Rebel City 1
2 The Forces of the Crown 5
3 After the Surrender 30
4 Guerilla Warfare 39
5 The Auxiliary's Story 56
6 Tudor's Toughs 79
7 The Murder Gangs 101
8 The Passing of "The Particular Ones" 128
9 Massacre by the Black and Tans 143
10 Murder Most Foul 151
11 The Following Day 170
12 The Day the Liffey Ran Black with Hats 183
13 The Simple Answer 198
Sources 210
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2011

    A dreadful tale of freedom fighters labeled falsely as terrorist!!!!!!

    The brutality of the British against the Irish makes my heart sink seeing they where an unarmed people in their own country being raped and exploited by a ruthless colonial power. Bloody Sunday seemed to be the climax of reactionary violence strategically aimed at the ultimate apparatus of the British to ensure the complete subjection of the Irish people on their own soil. I will not consider the blood of the agents and black and tans or the RIC to be worthy of mention for sympathy or empathy these people in the name of an unjust empire sought to oppress defenseless people with the most cowardly use of force against civilians to retaliate against the IRA who in my opinion used the only tool available to them to reason with the unreasonable British for their independence on their own soil. Now the word violence implies something less than honorable being deployed to achieve a said goal. I don't agree with this in the face of a repressive system established and maintained by the same violence the British found repulsive when applied against them to the degree necessary to gain freedom!!!! The world of history has a rich history of land transfers because of the violence of war how can we justify the mighty and vilify the weak for applying the most respected form of communication on the planet earth. I was mortified by the tactics of the British on behalf of their unjust occupation of Ireland and my heart was with the Spirit of the men who dared to engage the monster at the cost of their life and freedom to pursue liberty not just for themselves but for their countrymen what a daunting task for a mouse to engage a lion and bring him to a compromise in the mouse's favor. I really enjoyed the book I could not put it down once I picked it up enjoy.

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