Ground Truths

British Army Operations in the Irish War of Independence

Edited by: W. H. Kautt

In 1922, just after the end of the Irish War for Independence, the British Army's 'Irish Command' drafted an official four-volume historical record of their experiences and their understanding of the war in Ireland, titled The Record of the Rebellion in Ireland, 1919-1921 and the Part Played by the Army in Dealing with It. Ground Truths, an annotated collection that is now available in paperback, is based on the first of those four volumes and is edited to include material that was missed, was incorrect, or was deliberately changed by the original authors before final drafts had been concluded. Largely a defense of the perception that the British army 'lost' the war in Ireland, this collection of original documents features aspects of everyday warfare, such as military intelligence worries and rebel press propaganda, as well as the more intense key moments of the War of Independence, including the arrest and death of Terrence McSwiney, the murder of Thomas MacCurtain, the hunger-strikes of 1920, the murders of British Army officers that subsequently led to the Croke Park massacre on November 21, 1920, and the arrests of Arthur Griffith and Eamon De Valera. Essentially, Ground Truths contains the testimony of the British Army officers who led the fight against the Irish republicans. The book is a unique, exciting, and original insight into the experiences and operations on a side of the War of Independence rarely studied in Irish history: the British side. *** "This book offers a firm foundation from which to explore some of the newly established tracts on the Irish independence period. Moreover, juxtaposing the "Record of Rebellion" with the equally subjective republican testimony of the period will allow readers to better grasp the "ground truths" of a complex and traumatic conflict. In this regard, W.H. Kautt's masterly navigation of the perceptions and realities of the Irish War of Independence has provided student, scholar, and causal reader alike with a unique and accessible archival experience." -- Michigan War Studies Review, 2014-079, August 2014 [Subject: Military History, Irish Studies, British Studies]

288 pages

Publication Date: 1/1/2014
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9780716532200

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