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The Battle for Cork: July-August 1922 (Military History of the Irish Civil War Series) Paperback – 10 Sep 2011

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: The Mercier Press Ltd (10 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1856356965
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856356961
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.3 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 664,016 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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This book is part of Mercier Press' "Military History of the Irish Civil War" series. It is short at 132 pages but it is crammed with a wealth of detail about the July- August 1922 period in Cork city and suburbs.

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.
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Sorry to say it did not fulfil my expectations. For such a thin book it dwelt far too long in Passage West and very little time in Cork City. As a native of Cork City, I want to know more of its history but this book did not help to expand very much on facts that I am already familiar with.
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Found this to be a very interesting account not just of the civil war in Cork city but also of the events leading up to it. Recommended.
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