The Battle for Cork: July-August 1922 (Military History of the Irish Civil War Series) Paperback – 10 Sep 2011
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This outstanding book tries to explain the puzzling collapse of anti-treaty forces in their stronghold, Cork City. -- Irish American News "Irish American News"
About the Author
John Borgonovo is a historian and is currently a lecturer in University College Cork. The author of 'Spies, Informers, and the Anti-Sinn Fein Society: The Intelligence War in Cork City, 1920-1921', he has written extensively on the Irish revolution in Cork city.
Top Customer Reviews
The author sets out the background as to why the anti-Treaty forces were in control of the city at the beginning of the Civil War and how day to day life in the city went on under their control. By giving us the details of the progress of the military campaign across the country he tells how important control of the city of Cork was to both sides. There are also great profiles of some of the main political and military personalities of the era, such as Emmett Dalton.
The description of the daring landing at Passage and the subsequent three day battle in the Douglas/Rochestown area is enthralling and obviously the product of some great research.
I was aware that the Free State forces had landed at Passage and soon after had taken over the city but I had no idea of the strengh of the resistance they met. The author makes it clear that once the Free State had control of Cork the only option for the Republican forces was to revert to guerilla warfare.
With a great bibliography and footnotes this book is a must for anyone with an interest in this period of Irish history.