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Heroic Option The Irish in the British Army

by Desmond Bowen, Jean Bowen

Heroic Option The Irish in the British Army Synopsis

It is a curious paradox that, while for many centuries there has been deep antagonism between the British and the Irish, the latter have fought the former's wars with exemplary courage and tenacity. This has never been better demonstrated than when, as a result of the Irish regiments' superb service in the South African War (Boer War) at the end of the 19th Century, Queen Victoria ordered the formation of the Irish Guards in 1900 as a mark of the Nation's gratitude. Even after the trauma of Partition, Irishmen continued to serve in Irish regiments in large numbers and the tradition continued today. Indeed during the Second World War a very significant number of the most influential generals were of Irish extraction.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781844151523
Publication date: 1st January 2005
Author: Desmond Bowen, Jean Bowen
Publisher: Leo Cooper Ltd an imprint of Pen & Sword Books Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 356 pages
Categories: Warfare & defence,

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