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Spitting on a Soldier'€™s Grave - Court Martialed after death, the story of the forgotten Irish and British soldiers [Kindle Edition]

Robert Widders
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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The story of the Irishmen who deserted from the Irish Army to join the Allies in the struggle against fascism and Nazism during the Second World War, has been kept secret for over half a century. These men fought, and sometimes died, in some of the bloodiest battles of the war. And after the war they were all Court Martialed, even the dead.

This meticulously researched book tells the story of the men who fought for freedom but were vilified after death. It tells the story of men like Joseph Mullally who died on D-Day, 6 June 1944, fighting with the British Army on the beaches of Normandy, a year before his court-martial. And Stephen McManus who’d already suffered torture and starvation whilst being worked to death in a Japanese prisoner of war camp. Gerry O’Neill risked his life with the newly formed Irish Navy, rescuing wounded British soldiers from the beaches of Dunkirk And Nicholas McNamara volunteered to serve with RAF Bomber Command knowing it meant almost certain death.

The freedoms and democratic rights we enjoy today were earned by men like these, who fought, and sometimes died, on the home front and the battlefields of World War II. The deserters from the Irish Army, who joined the Allied struggle, faced the horrors of the bloodiest war in mankind’s bloodstained history. Their stories are now told, in meticulous detail, in Spitting on a Soldier’s Grave.

"Easy to read but difficult to put down."
Soldier Magazine

"An amazing story of heroism and betrayal."
Irish Post

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 425 KB
  • Print Length: 103 pages
  • Publisher: Matador (25 April 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004Y1JQ74
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #314,226 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.4 out of 5 stars
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5.0 out of 5 stars How far The Republic of Ireland has travelled 2 Aug. 2013
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A book of true stories which tells in great detail the HATRED & LOATHING fellow Irishmen were held by the then government of EIRE. These were men who fought against Nazi evil who Eamon Devalera and his cronies tried to destroy. I feel that the Government of the UK could have brought a lot more pressure to bear on the Irish state to treat these men as heroes. Thank god for Presidents McAlese and Robinson who brought the Irish Republic into the real world
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3.0 out of 5 stars One mans hero is another mans trator 25 Dec. 2012
By P.A
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Very interesting for those of us who are interested in the 'Easter Rising' in Dublin and to see how shameful 'Dev' could be so vindictive twards very brave men who did not go along with his ideas of nationalism
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Brilliant 10 Dec. 2012
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I was intrigued at first that governments could do this to people shame on them, but what a book to read
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4.0 out of 5 stars Heroes Dishonoured 9 Mar. 2012
By Barossa
Soldiers who deserted from the Irish Army during WW2 to fight for the Allies against Nazi tyranny were court martialled in absentia and their names added to an odious 'blacklist' to deny them the possibility of employment after the war. Many were killed yet were later court martialled in absentia. Some children were taken from their families and placed in industrial schools in Ireland because their fathers had "deserted" them!!!!! A disgraceful story which must be told.
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