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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: New Island Books (16 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848401299
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848401297
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 12.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 285,134 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paul O Brien is a historian and works for the OPW. He has written two other books on the 1916 Rising focusing on specific incidents and plans to write several more. His work has brought new life to the military history of the 1916. He lives in Dublin.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By waynefitz on 11 Nov. 2012
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Easter Monday 1916, Commandant Edward Daly commanding the 1st Battalion of the Irish Volunteers, occupied the Four Courts and the surrounding area. Using a labyrinth of streets, alleyways and tenement buildings, Daly and the Volunteers created a killing ground that would witness some of the fiercest fighting of the 1916 Rising.

Crossfire' 1916 & The Battle for the Four Courts is a factual account of the battles that erupted in and around the Four Courts area of Dublin city.

From the Volunteers rapid deployment and their first contact with British Forces on that Easter Monday to their refusal to surrender until Sunday 30th April, the author clearly lays out the events of that turbulent week in Irish history. Explained day by day and hour by hour, this easy to read book examines the battles that were fought in the streets and buildings around the courts area of Dublin. From the military perspective the battles are well described with an in depth look at fighting and defending in built up areas. The difficulties of combat in an urban environment are well detailed, an experience that today's soldiers can relate to. The author also examines the atrocities that were uncovered on North King Street as the Rising came to its bloody conclusion.

The inquest and subsequent cover up are all well detailed within the book, a terrible tragedy that still remains unsolved to this day. This book is as near as one can possibly get to the fighting without actually taking part. This is Paul O'Brien's third work on the 1916 Rising and is a must for all those interested in the military aspects of the 1916 Rising. Crossfire: The Battle of the Four Courts, 1916 (1916 in Focus) Visit paulobrienauthor.ie for more info.

As published in the May 2012 issue of An Cosantóir (Defender) The Irish Defence Forces Magazine by Sgt Wayne Fitzgerald - dfmagazine.ie or military.ie
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Old Stubborns on 11 Oct. 2012
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This book is one of a number which Paul O'Brien has written on the Easter Rising in Dublin in 1916. Like his other books, this one is full of facts which have been throughly researched and tells the story of the Four Courts, providing details which I was not aware of. I recommend it to anyone researching the Irish Rebellion of 1916. Thank you Paul O'Brien, well done
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By Mick Doyle on 22 Oct. 2014
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Excellent and well written by Paul.
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As near as one can possibly get to the fighting without actually taking part 21 April 2012
By waynefitz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Easter Monday 1916, Commandant Edward Daly commanding the 1st Battalion of the Irish Volunteers, occupied the Four Courts and the surrounding area. Using a labyrinth of streets, alleyways and tenement buildings, Daly and the Volunteers created a killing ground that would witness some of the fiercest fighting of the 1916 Rising.

Crossfire' 1916 & The Battle for the Four Courts is a factual account of the battles that erupted in and around the Four Courts area of Dublin city.

From the Volunteers rapid deployment and their first contact with British Forces on that Easter Monday to their refusal to surrender until Sunday 30th April, the author clearly lays out the events of that turbulent week in Irish history. Explained day by day and hour by hour, this easy to read book examines the battles that were fought in the streets and buildings around the courts area of Dublin. From the military perspective the battles are
well described with an in depth look at fighting and defending in built up areas. The difficulties of combat in an
urban environment are well detailed, an experience that today's soldiers can relate to. The author also examines the atrocities that were uncovered on North King Street as the Rising came to its bloody conclusion.

The inquest and subsequent cover up are all well detailed within the book, a terrible tragedy that still remains unsolved to this day. This book is as near as one can possibly get to the fighting without actually taking
part. This is Paul O'Brien's third work on the 1916 Rising and is a must for all those interested in the
military aspects of the 1916 Rising. Crossfire: The Battle of the Four Courts, 1916 (1916 in Focus) Visit paulobrienauthor.ie for more info.

As published in the May 2012 issue of An Cosantóir (Defender) The Irish Defence Forces Magazine by Sgt Wayne Fitzgerald - dfmagazine.ie or military.ie
A fascinating insight into the battle of the four court's 6 April 2013
By karl riordan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This book is a great read and if you're into history or warfare, buy this book. The way the author went through the details of the battles between the Irish and the British through the streets of Dublin was excellent as you can visualise the battles as they were happening. I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone. This is from a person who has never finished a book. I bought this book on A Friday and finished on A Saturday morning. I believe this author has three more books on the 1916 rising,well I'm looking forward to reading them.
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