Synopses & Reviews
This new book details the official British history of the Irish War of Independence on the streets of Dublin. Biographies of the main British officers responsible for fighting the campaign are provided and new information about the British officers killed on Bloody Sunday in 1920 undermines traditional beliefs about them. Also included are sections of detailed orders distributed to British officers and guidelines for conducting military operations. Of interest is the technology used: aircraft, wireless radio, armored cars, and a listening set in the cellars of Dublin Castle to detect IRA mining. The records also show evidence of strong criticism of politicians. Familiar names and events described include Kevin Barry's arrest. Dan Breen's injuries, burning the Custom House, the searching of Michael Collins' offices, the arrests of de Valera and Erskine Childers, and Bloody Sunday at Croke Park.