British Intelligence in Ireland: The Final Reports

Overview

The Irish revolution of 1920-1921 ended in a military and political stalemate, resolved only through the mutual compromise incorporated in the Anglo-Irish Treaty. Historians have long accepted that the one conflict in which there was a clear winner was that of Intelligence, where British ineptitude was painfully exposed by the organizational genius of Michael Collins. This judgement is challenged by the recent release of two confidential self-assessments prepared for the army and the police in 1922. Through many ...

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Overview

The Irish revolution of 1920-1921 ended in a military and political stalemate, resolved only through the mutual compromise incorporated in the Anglo-Irish Treaty. Historians have long accepted that the one conflict in which there was a clear winner was that of Intelligence, where British ineptitude was painfully exposed by the organizational genius of Michael Collins. This judgement is challenged by the recent release of two confidential self-assessments prepared for the army and the police in 1922. Through many setbacks and inefficiencies, the police report indicates a marked improvement in operations superintended by that "wicked little white snake", Sir Ormonde de l'Épée Winter (1875–1962). His report, though self-serving and flawed, provides a uniquely detailed and personal account of Intelligence from the inside. The editor's introduction assesses the purpose, reliability and significance of these reports. Their publication is a significant contribution to the study of Irish revolutionary history.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781859182017
  • Publisher: Cork University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2002
  • Series: Irish Narratives Series
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Hart teaches history at the Queen's University of Belfast. He was awarded the Christopher Ewart-Bigges Memorial Prize for The IRA and it's Enemies: Violence and Community in Cork, 1916-1923 (Oxford, 1998).

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
Editorial Note 16
Record of the Rebellion in Ireland 17
Report on the Intelligence Branch of the Chief of Police 61
Abbreviations 98
Notes to Introduction 99
Notes to Narrative 100
Bibliography 105
Index 106
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