Irelands Unknown Soldiers: The 16th (Irish) Division in the Great War (Irish Division in the Great War, 1914-1918)

Irelands Unknown Soldiers: The 16th (Irish) Division in the Great War (Irish Division in the Great War, 1914-1918) by Terence Denman epub pdf fb2

Title: Irelands Unknown Soldiers: The 16th (Irish) Division in the Great War (Irish Division in the Great War, 1914-1918)
Author: Terence Denman
ISBN10: 0716524953
ISBN13: 978-0716524953
Publisher: Irish Academic Press (February 1, 1992)
Language: English
Subcategory: Humanities
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Pages: 210 pages
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Irelands Unknown Soldiers: The 16th (Irish) Division in the Great War (Irish Division in the Great War, 1914-1918) by Terence Denman


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The Great War of 1914ñ18 saw the Irish soldier make his greatest sacrifice on Britainís behalf. Nearly 135,000 Irishmen volunteered (conscription was never applied in Ireland) in addition to the 50,000 Irish who were serving with the regular army and the reserves on 4 August 1914. Within a few weeks of the outbreak of the war no less than three Irish divisions ñ the 10th (Irish), 16th (Irish) and 36th (Ulster) ñ were formed from Irishmen, Catholic and Protestant, who responded to Lord Kitchenerís call to arms. An estimated 35,000 Irish-born soldiers were killed before the armistice came in November 1918. Over 4,000 of those who died were with the 16th (Irish) Division. Yet, in spite of these facts, serious historical study of Irelandís major involvement in the War has been neglected. Indeed Easter 1916 dominates Irish historiography to such an extent that the period 1914ñ18 is rarely considered as a distinct era in Irish history.