Fighting Irish

The Irish Regiments in the First World War

By Gavin Hughes

Fighting Irish is a meticulous and engaging account of World War I from the perspective of the men of the Irish Regiments of the British Army, revealing the extent of the Irish military commitment to the Great War effort from 1914-1918. Startling and sympathetic matters, from campaign strategy to the soldiers' intimate war experiences, are addressed with fascinating documentary evidence and poignant eye-witness accounts. Persisting humor, unexpected trials, mounting reputations, and the mundane drudgery of routine military life - all is touched upon in the lives of these men, and undercut by the pervasive loss of life. Whether fighting at Ypres, the Somme, Gallipoli, Kostorino, or Nablus, the story of the Irish Regiments is compelling and evocative, with reasons for enlistment as varied as the men themselves. Though entrenched in warfare, many minds were set on the increasing unrest at home, swaying their interests and shaping the communications they left to posterity. Fighting Irish defines the diverse backgrounds of all those who served with the Irish regiments in these years, recounting their deeds through exacting historical research within a gripping and affecting narrative. *** Librarians: ebook available on ProQuest and EBSCO [Subject: History, Irish Studies, Military Studies, World War I]

Publication Date: 12/31/2015
Format: Cloth
ISBN: 9781785370236