Guerrilla Warfare in the Irish War of Independence, 1919–1921

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About the Book

Tracing the development of the Irish Republican Army following Ireland’s Declaration of Independence, this book focuses on the recruitment, training, and arming of Ireland’s military volunteers and the Army’s subsequent guerrilla campaign against British rule. Beginning with a brief account of the failed Easter Rising, it continues through the resulting military and political reorganizations, the campaign’s various battles, and the eventual truce agreements and signing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty. Other topics include the significance of Irish intelligence and British counter-intelligence efforts; urban warfare and the fight for Dublin; and the role of female soldiers, suffragists, and other women in waging the IRA’s campaign.

About the Author(s)

Joseph McKenna is a former senior assistant librarian in the Central Library, Birmingham, England. He has an M.A. in local history, and formerly sat on the Roman Catholic Archdiocesan Historical Commission, and Birmingham City Council’s Conservation Areas Advisory Committee.

Bibliographic Details

Joseph McKenna
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 300
Bibliographic Info: 63 photos, maps, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2011
pISBN: 978-0-7864-5947-6
eISBN: 978-0-7864-8519-2
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments       vi

List of Acronyms      ix

Preface      1

Introduction      3

1. The Easter Rising, 1916      11

2. Political Reorganization      31

3. Military Reorganization      38

4. Passive Resistance      66

5. The Intelligence War      73

6. Urban Warfare      97

7. The Splendid Women      109

8. Guerrilla Warfare      116

9. 1919: The War Begins      125

10. 1920: The Second Year of the War      132

11. 1921: The Last Year of the War      184

12. Between Truce and Treaty      250

13. Conclusion: Prelude to Civil War      265

Appendix I: “Patrolling in the City” (from Record of

Rebellion in Ireland 1920–1921)
      273

Appendix II: Tom Kelleher’s Account of Crossbarry      275

Appendix III: Analysis of Crossbarry by Tom Barry      278

Chapter Notes      279

Bibliography      283

Index      285