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IRELAND'S FORGOTTEN SOLDIERS
on 6 July 2009
It has been said that if the English knew more about Irish history and the Irish knew less, they would understand each other better.The story of the thousands of Irish soldiers who fought and died for Britain in the First World War is a case in point. Many, like the members of John Redmond's Irish Party, who formed the basis of the 10th & 16th Divisions enlisted to show that Ireland deserved the Home Rule that had been promised after the war; after Easter 1916, they found themselves distrusted by the British authorities and the Irish public and after Irish independence, they were written out of the accepted version of Irish history. Their story, with that of the Ulstermen of the 36th Division and of the thousands of Irishmen from North and South who served in World War II, deserves to be better known and this book provides a good introduction.
Since 1990, Ireland has begun to take a more objective view of its 20th Century history and this book is part of that debate.