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- Publisher: Red Coat Publishing; 1 edition (10 Nov. 2010)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B005966SC4
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The Auxiliaries - Tudor's Toughs, A study of the Auxiliary Division Royal Irish Constabulary 1920-1922 Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
The usual description is of an ill disciplined force, under little official control and prone to outbreaks of savage violence in which heavy drinking is often mentioned.The Author does his best to redress the balance and makes a case that in fact this was an elite and generally brave group of ex officers who became a formidable and feared fighting force that did much to blunt the IRA's capacity to fight.
This book has many positives. The pictures are excellent and from them you can get a good impression of what these men were like. The Author has thoroughly researched the subject and provided a lot of new and valuable information.That said the book has its flaws too. There is a fair degree of repetition and the author lets himself get diverted down a few unconnected cul de sacs. The background analysis is simplistic and the case in favour overstated. The most notorious episodes of murder and thuggery get a mention but are then rather glided over as regrettable but unrepresentative.Read more ›
The experiment was whether a force that was neither police nor military but somewhere in between, recruited quickly and in many cases with little local knowledge of the conflict, could actually have an impact. Most historians would probably agree that they did make an impact, however the disagreement starts here. To Republicans, the Auxiliaries were brutal mercenaries who made a bad situation worse. To the British, they were exactly what the campaign needed and suppressed violence quickly. I think it is possible that both of these positions can be true simultaneously. The campaign in many areas had degenerated into tit-for-tat killings and attacks, so further offensive action by the Crown Forces would be met by reprisals, which led to counter-reprisals. In that sense, it could be argued that they just perpetuated the violence. And they were brutal, as McCall describes in terms of their disciplinary record which left a lot to be desired. A D Harvey has already shown that charges that the ADRIC were basically criminals were wrong.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very well written, excellent research. More like it please! The entire history has been re-written by Irish nationalists peddling their agenda.Published 15 months ago by TheSkipper
Finally someone has written honestly about the Auxiliaries and what happened in Ireland. They were a thoroughly professional force doing a tough job in fighting an IRA terrorist... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Stu1981