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British Voices of the Irish War of Independence: The words of British servicemen in Ireland 1918-1921: From the Irish War of Independence 1918-1921 by [Sheehan, William]
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'A welcome counterbalance to the accepted view in all those books on what followed after 1916' Irish Independent 'More than a useful addition to the growing research on the period' Sunday Business Post 'Fascinating new book' Magill

About the Author

WILLIAM SHEEHAN is a graduate of University College Cork. From Kanturk in County Cork, he has worked in the Health Services and is currently researching a PhD thesis on the Irish War of Independence as well as lecturing at University College Limerick. He is also a member of the Reserve Defence Forces. His second book, Fighting for Dublin, was published in June 2007.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4497 KB
  • Print Length: 262 pages
  • Publisher: The Collins Press; Reprint edition (14 Mar. 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004Y6J62E
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
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It's not every day one gets to read from the British point of view on a bloody conflict between 1918 and 1922. While a huge majority of works since the 1960's on Irish history covering the period have been from the IRA, the IRB and Nationalists' views (including the Unionists of Ulster/Northern Ireland), very few have bothered to cover the actual view point from the ordinary British servicemen as well as the officers, the military command in Dublin Castle and of course the barracks/garrisions surrounded by a hostile landscape in the country. It does cover letters, diaries and opinions of those sevicemen and officers who certainly felt they were winning a war against the IRA only to be let down by the British Government. Should be essential reading for those who want a balanced view of the conflict.
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This is a good collection of first hand accounts from the neglected views of the British Soldier in the Irish War of Independence. It includes views from all ranks and many units involved including the R.A.F and Royal Navy who`s involvement suprised me. It goes a long way to re-dressing the balace of what is all to often a very one sided view of those tragic times. The author doesnt attempt to offer conclusions or comment he just presents these tales as the appeared in soldiers diaries, lecture notes, and letters. All in all a very refreshing view of a dark period in Britain and Ireland past.
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This excellent book provides a much needed exploration from the British Army's perspective of the war in Ireland from 1918-1921. Sourced from diaries, lectures and interviews the author builds a useful compendium of first person accounts of the troubles from such luminaries as Percival (of Singapore notoriety), at the time a successful Intelligence Officer with the Essex Regiment, and Montgomery. Most of the accounts are from officers, which is a pity, but the book leads with the diary entries of Pvt J P Swindlehurst of the Lancashire Fusiliers.

There is much in the book for military buffs as well those interested in the history. Where else would you find a discourse on the differing merits of the Peerless and Rolls Royce armoured cars, the use of 'Q' trucks, or an understanding of the early limitations of WT (Wireless Telegraphy - radio) in the post-WWI British Army?

In the popular fiction of the small and big screens the war has been depicted almost wholly from the perspective of the Irish Republican movement, with the Crown Forces subject to crude stereotyping and caricature in overtly partisan films like 'The Wind That Shakes The Barley'. Often these treatments are more about 'Brit-bashing' than any real attempt to get under the skin of the period. Mr Sheehan's book goes no little distance to restoring a long needed balance and is refreshing in its objective and impartial handling of the evidence.

Photographic content is comprehensive but somewhat fuzzy in reproduction. I doubt the photograph on page 95 shows Percival, although often identified as such. He was and is demonised by the Republican movement and this image reinforces those prejudices - but I venture it is not he.
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This book looks at Ireland's fight for independence from the interviews, accounts and diaries of the British troops who served there as the Crown forces.
I have read several books looking at this episode in Irish history from the Irish perspective.
This is a good read if you want to know what it was like being in Ireland during this time from a Tommies point of view.
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I must admit I was a bit disappointed with the book - it wasn't as detailed as I'd hoped it would be. I didn't really learn much from it or get really engrossed or entertained. It's about two weeks since I finished reading it and what springs to mind is 'fleas from house searches', 'the murder of the British Intelligence officers in the Dublin Hotel was keenly felt', 'British felt they were winning when treaty was signed'. And that's about it. It is what it is - a small collection of memories of (mainly) officers serving in Ireland at that time. It's worth a read, just don't expect too much from it!
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