Irish Regiments in the World Wars

Irish Regiments in the World Wars

Elite 147
  • Author: David Murphy
  • Illustrator: Gerry Embleton
  • Short code: ELI 147
  • Publication Date: 10 Jan 2007
  • ISBN: 9781846030154
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number of Pages: 64
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For nearly 250 years, Irish soldiers made up a significant minority of the British Army. In 1914-18, despite the rising movement for Irish independence, more than 200,000 Irishmen volunteered, and won an imperishable reputation. Although independent Eire remained neutral in World War II, more than 40,000 volunteers from the South joined forces from Ulster to serve in the British forces. This book places the records of such heroic names as the Inniskillings, the Munsters, the Dublin Fusiliers and the Royal Irish Rifles in the context of the World Wars, and illustrates a selection of their uniforms and insignia.

Biographical Note

Dr David Murphy was born in Dublin in 1968 and is a graduate of both University College Dublin and Trinity College Dublin. He is a contributor to the Dictionary of Irish Biography, and has published two books and numerous articles; in the course of his research he has visited many of the battlefields associated with famous Irish units, on three continents. He is currently compiling a gazetteer of Irish regiments for the Military Heritage Trust of Ireland. Gerry Embleton has been a leading illustrator and researcher of historical costume since the 1970s, and has illustrated and written Osprey titles on a wide range of subjects over more than 20 years. He is an internationally respected authority on 15th and 18th century costumes in particular. He lives in Switzerland, where since 1988 he has also become well known for designing and creating life-size historical figures for museums.


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

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