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Irish men and women in the Second World War / Richard Doherty.

By: Doherty, Richard.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Dublin, Ireland : Four Courts, 1999Description: 319 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 1851824413; 9781851824410.Subject(s): World War, 1939-1945 -- Ireland | Neutrality -- Ireland | World War, 1939-1945 -- Participation, IrishAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Irish men and women in the Second World War.DDC classification: 940.5409415
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 296-298) and index.

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Doherty, a writer, broadcaster, and expert on Irish military history, has interviewed scores of Irish veterans about their roles, adjustments, and achievements in WW II. The book is sensibly arranged by categories of both time and service, and leavened in between with helpful explanations of the nature of the British armed forces and their peculiarities. Because Doherty has worked both sides of the Irish border and because he has concentrated as much on the lower ranks as on officers, his work provides a more rounded picture than do the usual biographies. Roger A. Freeman's The British Airman (London, 1989) and companion studies on the army and navy by James Lucas and Kenneth Poolman complement Doherty's work. In WW I, all Irish were British subjects and served in their own loyal Irish regiments. This was not true in WW II, but nevertheless some 450,000 Free State Irish served in the British forces. Doherty was unable to find a reliable figure as to how many died; he estimates two to five percent. An enjoyable read for all levels. R. Higham; Kansas State University

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