Irish Regiments in the World Wars

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Irish Regiments in the World Wars

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Osprey's examination of the Irish Regiments and their involvement in World War I (1914-1918) and World War II (1939-1945).

The tens of thousands of Irish soldiers who fought in the British Army in World War I gained a fierce fighting reputation, distinguishing themselves at Ypres, Gallipoli, the Somme, and Palestine. On the first day of the Somme, only three divisions succeeded in achieving their objectives: the seizure of the Schwaben Redoubt by the Ulster brigade, against all the odds, vividly demonstrated how this reputation was won.

Despite the establishment of the Irish Free State in 1922, Irishmen continued to volunteer for the British Army in World War II. Again, their war record was distinguished; units included the famous 38th Irish Brigade who fought in North Africa and Italy, and the Irish Guards who won a total of two Victoria Crosses, 33 Military Crosses, and 90 other military medals.

Providing the first concise, illustrated history of the Irish Regiments in both World Wars, this book covers their uniforms and insignia, as well as battle histories and proud service records.

Table of Contents

Introduction · Irish regiments in existence, 1914 · The rival 'volunteer' forces in pre-war Northern and Southern Ireland · World War I – Ypres, Gallipoli, The Somme, Palestine· Other Irish units · The Inter-War period · World War II – The 38th Brigade, the Irish Guards · The Plates

Product details

Published Jan 30 2007
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 64
ISBN 9781846030154
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 54 b/w; 8 col
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Elite
Short code ELI 147
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors


David Murphy

Dr David Murphy is a graduate of University Colleg…


Gerry Embleton

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