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Irish Regiments in the World Wars

Irish Regiments in the World Wars

by David Murphy, Gerry Embleton
     
 

Osprey's examination of the Irish Regiments and their involvement in World War I (1914-1918) and World War II (1939-1945).

The tens of thousands of Irish soldiers who fought in the British Army in World War I gained a fierce fighting reputation, distinguishing themselves at Ypres, Gallipoli, the Somme, and Palestine. On the first day of the Somme, only three

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Osprey's examination of the Irish Regiments and their involvement in World War I (1914-1918) and World War II (1939-1945).

The tens of thousands of Irish soldiers who fought in the British Army in World War I gained a fierce fighting reputation, distinguishing themselves at Ypres, Gallipoli, the Somme, and Palestine. On the first day of the Somme, only three divisions succeeded in achieving their objectives: the seizure of the Schwaben Redoubt by the Ulster brigade, against all the odds, vividly demonstrated how this reputation was won.

Despite the establishment of the Irish Free State in 1922, Irishmen continued to volunteer for the British Army in World War II. Again, their war record was distinguished; units included the famous 38th Irish Brigade who fought in North Africa and Italy, and the Irish Guards who won a total of two Victoria Crosses, 33 Military Crosses, and 90 other military medals.

Providing the first concise, illustrated history of the Irish Regiments in both World Wars, this book covers their uniforms and insignia, as well as battle histories and proud service records.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“This focus on Irish regiments of the two wars includes a healthy dose of Irish history and culture in addition to military history: as such it offers a smooth survey of Irish heroes and participations.” —Midwest Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781846030154
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
01/30/2007
Series:
Elite Series
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
7.25(w) x 9.75(h) x 0.20(d)

Meet the Author


Dr David Murphy - MA, PhD, FRGS, FRAS - is on the staff of the Royal Irish Academy, Dublin and has been commissioned by the Military History Trust of Ireland to write a gazeteer of Irish regiments. He is already the author of The Arctic Fox: A Life of Sir Francis Leopold McClintock, and Ireland and the Crimean War, and has written articles for The Irish Times, An Consantoir: the Irish Defence Journal, and numerous entries for the Dictionary of Irish Biography. The author lives in County Dublin, Ireland.

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