They Shall Not Grow Old: Irish Soldiers Remember the Great War

They Shall Not Grow Old: Irish Soldiers Remember the Great War

by Myles Dungan
     
 

History might have ignored the fact that more than a quarter of a million Irishmen (a majority of them nationalists) fought in the Great War but it could no longer be denied. The publication in 1996 of Dungan's Irish Voices from the Great War contributed to the increasing awareness of the injustice done to the Irishmen of the 1914-18 War. This companion volume uses…  See more details below

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History might have ignored the fact that more than a quarter of a million Irishmen (a majority of them nationalists) fought in the Great War but it could no longer be denied. The publication in 1996 of Dungan's Irish Voices from the Great War contributed to the increasing awareness of the injustice done to the Irishmen of the 1914-18 War. This companion volume uses the same type of material (letters, diaries, memoirs, personal interviews) to advance that process. And to those not aware, the title of the book is taken from a Lawrence Binyon poem called 'The Fallen'. Although the book deals with things which affected all soldiers during the Great War, it focuses on the thoughts and emotions of Irish volunteers - the mundane horror of life in the trenches, the role of chaplains, the experiences of Irish war writers, the plight of prisoners of war and the stories of those who were 'shot at dawn'. Here are the voices of ordinary soldiers providing authentic, if often subjective, commentaries on a disillusioning war in which there were no winners.

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Editorial Reviews

Danny Morrison
A companion volume to Irish Voices from the Great War, this book complements that anthology of tragedy with further stories of unromanticised life in the trenches, the experience of POWs, and an illuminating and critical look at the role of chaplains.
Sunday Tribune

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781851823475
Publisher:
Four Courts Press
Publication date:
12/01/1997
Pages:
218
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.06(h) x (d)

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Joanna Bourke
...this is a fascinating book and a worthy companion to the burgeoning industry on Ireland and WW1. The strength of the book lies in the way which fragmented histories of Irish servicemen are woven into a broader, yet nuanced discussion of the impact of war upon various communities.
— (Joanna Bourke, Birkbeck College, London)

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